With the help of some really powerful dogs, the Miami Heat will be able to allow some ticket holders to watch their games as long as they get A-approval from a COVID-19 detector dog team.
Several countries have already trained dogs to sniff out COVID-19, and the combination of masks, socially distanced seating maps and the canines means around 2,000 lucky fans will be able to cheer on their home team next week.
In April, Good News Network reported on the progress of a British medical charity that successfully trained dogs to smell the infamous virus, while ESPN reports claim the Heat trackers’ success rate is around 94%
It’s not a perfect detection rate, which is why Heat staff are increasing COVID-19 prevention measures with temporary checks, wearing masks, cashless transactions, isolated seating patterns, and reducing food and beverage sales. . If people are allergic to or fearful of dogs, the Heat even offers rapid antigen tests that they say will produce results in 45 minutes.
“If you think about it, detector dogs aren’t new,” said Matthew Jafarian, the Heat’s executive vice president of business strategy. ESPN. “He has seen them in airports, the police and the military have used them in mission critical situations. We have used them in the sand for years to detect explosives. “
In fact, dogs have been trained to detect everything from bombs and narcotics to cancers, low blood sugar, and even depression. Viral diseases such as malaria and COVID have also been trained.
Game 1 will be at home against the LA Clippers, while Monday is the first game in which season ticket holders will be able to claim their seats, when the arena will be a little less than 10% full.
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