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How are dogs helping at Miami Heat games?

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Ever since the COVID19 pandemic surfaced, our mobile phones and TV screens have been flooded with all sorts of unprecedented news. The latest one revolves around training dogs to sniff traces of COVID19 at the Miami Heat games. According to the BBC, a French-Lebanese research team has stated that dogs can detect COVID19 by smelling human blood. Well, the theory is soon coming to Miami too!

What's the hype all about?

A few days ago, Miami Heat fans were quite intrigued when it was announced that special COVID detection dogs would be used to screen fans returning from the American Airlines Arena. This news was both exciting and amusing, to say the least. While we have all heard of security dogs being used to sniff any illegal activity, their ability to detect the virus definitely comes as a surprise. In a nutshell, your furry friend gets to decide whether you'd be allowed to enter the game's premises. 

Other safety measures

The Miami Heat Administration announced that this would be an added security measure to the mandatory mask and social distancing rule. You need a proper face mask that covers your mouth and nose. None of your ventilators, gaiters, and bandanas would do. There would be specific food and drinking areas where you could take off the mask to have your snacks—however, no eating and drinking inside the stadium. Guests will be seated six feet apart from one another. Only a limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the games from next week onward. 

This is not it. If you're sitting within 30 feet of the court, you would also need to undergo a rapid on-site test before the game commences. The test results need to be cleared by the team's official testing provider. 

What if I don't want to be screened by a dog?

Besides the dog screening requirement, Miami Heat fans will also be required to participate in a compulsory health screening questionnaire. On the other hand, if you're not comfortable with the idea of getting screened by a dog you can opt for the alternative testing method—that could take up around 45 minutes. You definitely don't want to be late for the games.

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