Success rate between 95 and 100 percent: “Pokaa” is France’s first corona sniffer dog in an old people’s home – with a huge success rate

Success rate between 95 and 100 Percent: His name is “Pokaa”: This is France’s first corona detector dog in a nursing home

Wednesday, 04.08. 2021, 22: 45

The Golden Retriever “Pokaa” is France’s first Corona tracking dog that is used in a nursing home and that with success: In symptomatic cases, according to Legrand, “Pokaa” has a success rate of 100 percent , in asymptomatic cases of 95 percent. “Pokaa’s” diagnosis is then checked with a PCR test.

Super nose “Pokaa”: The Golden Retriever can Corona – Sniff out infections and is France’s first corona tracking dog to be used in a nursing home. He is able to “recognize all known variants”, explained Alain Legrand, head of “Handi’chiens”. The association, which specializes in training assistance dogs, trained the two-year-old dog . In symptomatic cases, according to Legrand, “Pokaa” has a success rate of 100 percent, in asymptomatic cases of 95 percent.

The Golden Retriever has been in use in the “La Roselière” nursing home in Kunheim, Alsace, near the German border, since Friday. Pierre Kohser, doctor in “La Roselière”, finds “Pokaa’s” skills “quite amazing”. The tests are also simple, inexpensive and are well received by residents, some of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s .

PCR test checks “Pokaas” sniffing diagnosis For a test, all you have to do is press a small piece of fabric under your armpit for about five minutes become. The sample is then packed in a sterile bag and in a cardboard box. If the sniffer dog sniffed out a positive case, it sits down. “Pokaa’s” diagnosis is then checked with a PCR test.

The 85 – year-old resident Christophe Fritsch, who fell ill with corona last year, prefers the dog’s nose to the test stick: “That is no comparison. It is very pleasant. ” Like other nursing homes in France , “La Roselière” with its 127 Residents and 110 employees badly hit by the first two corona waves. Of the around 112. 000 Corona deaths in France are more than 26. 000 on nursing homes and special facilities.

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