COVID-Sniffing Dogs Now Being Deployed to Detect Infected NBA Fans
A temperature screening at the door if you’re entering a place of business? That’s so last year. The NBA’s Miami Heat now are utilizing dogs to detect COVID-19 in fans who want to attend games at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Heat have been working on the plan “for months,” according to The Associated Press . The news service said “highly trained dogs have been in place for some games this season where the team has allowed a handful of guests — mostly friends and family of players and staff.” TRENDING: Former White House Stenographer: Joe Biden Has Lost 50 Percent of His Cognitive Capabilities Starting last Thursday, a limited number of ticketholders were to be allowed to attend Heat games for the first time this season — if they got past the dogs first. If that sounds outlandish, that’s because it is. Perhaps even more outlandish is the method in which these dogs are being deployed. The Heat released a video on Twitter explaining the process. The Heat plan for fans returning to home games includes Covid detecting dogs used to check fans as they arrive. Starts next Thursday with 1,500 season ticket holders at game. Plan is to keep ramping up number of fans in phases. More info: https://t.co/khuC0Ojyyj pic.twitter.com/wxBTd3GVIp
— Will Manso (@WillManso) January 21, 2021 The AP reported last Sunday that fans arriving for Heat home games would be taken to a screening area, where detection dogs would “walk past.” “If the dog keeps going, the fan is cleared; if the dog sits, that’s a sign it detects the virus and the fan will be denied entry .” You read that right. If the dog sits, the fan will be denied entry. You might be thinking, “What if the dog sits for any other reason, considering it’s a dog ?” The article doesn’t address such a situation, probably because it would be nearly impossible to determine whether the dog is sitting for another reason. It seems as if this could result in many false positive diagnoses. In addition, research on dogs’ ability to detect COVID is limited. While there has been some success, the practice has not be sufficiently reviewed, according to the journal Nature . Is the use of COVID-sniffing dogs a good idea?
Published January 31, 2021 at 1:43pm