COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Helsinki

COVID-Sniffing Dogs in Helsinki

November 4, 2020

Ten amazing dogs sniff out COVID-19 carrying passengers in Finland’s Helsinki airport.

In a pilot program, passengers are asked to volunteer to run a test wipe across their skin to collect a sweat sample.  The wipe is placed in a cup in a nearby booth, where the dogs quickly go to work and make a physical sign to indicate samples that carry the virus.

These canines can detect the virus in only ten seconds, and up to five days before symptoms even appear.  If one of the dogs indicates that a passenger carries the virus, the person is then sent for a nasal swab test for confirmation.

The airport is hopeful that it can eventually use medical dogs as part of the normal screening process to find effective and efficient ways to keep travelers safe.


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This post is based on the Science Alert article, Dogs Deployed at Helsinki Airport Can Detect COVID-19 With Almost 100% Accuracy, by Michelle Starr, September 25, 2020; the Yahoo! Life article, Dogs Continue reading

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Black Friday Re-Imagined

Black Friday Re-Imagined

November 2, 2020

Has Black Friday been upstaged by a new October shopping day?

Retailers are looking for ways to drum up demand.  They are also seeking creative capacity alternatives to fill it and distribution channels to get merchandise delivered in a timely way.

Some retailers envision encouraging more online shopping with Black Friday deals available online instead of only in-store to cater to shoppers still leery of big crowds and pandemic concerns.  Others plan to take it a step further with a new holiday, dubbed “10.10 Shopping Festival,” invented by those who want to shift sales even earlier than usual, in this case to October 10.

The 10.10 shopping day occurred a few days prior to Amazon’s Prime Day on October 13 and 14, which was expected to reach $10 billion in sales, up 40% over July 2019’s Prime Day.


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This post is based on the Fox Business article, Black Friday 2020: Coronavirus pandemic shopping trends force retailers to rethink holiday shopping, by Michael Bartiromo, September 28, 2020; the Fortune article, Amazon Prime Continue reading

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COVID-19 Sensors in Development

COVID-19 Sensors in Development

June 7, 2020

Will bomb sniffing dogs find themselves out of work?  Technology originally being developed to identify chemicals or explosives in airports and planes is now being repurposed to seek and find people carrying coronavirus.

Airbus and California tech start-up, Koniku, are developing a contactless screening sensor that can detect the presence of COVID-19 in people’s breath or sweat, even if they are unaware that they are infected.  Sensors can be mounted on airport or airplane walls. An alarm would sound if an infected person walks by.

Testing in airports could begin as early as the end of the year.


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This post is based on the Fox News article, Airbus eyeing “smell sensors” capable of detecting coronavirus on planes, by Brooke Crothers, May 7, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Westend61/Getty Images

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1. Where in the product life cycle is the idea of using smell sensors to detect disease?

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