NBA They will use them as soon as the public returns to the courts
Lthe Miami Heat will use dogs trained to detect covid-19 through smell at the entrance to the American Airlines Arena, when it reopens on January 28 with a limited capacity of 1,500 people.
The Heat indicated, on their website, that have implemented a series of security measures against covid-19 to “help mitigate the risk of exposure” and make the game day experience as safe as possible.
“In an effort to further improve the safety of guests and stadium staff, all people will be scanned upon arrival by a COVID-19 detection dog, “says the organization.
In the event that a person or the group in which they are found is identified by one of the dogs trained to detect the coronavirus, the security team “not allow any member of the group to access the interior“of the pavilion.
The Miami Heat indicated that fans who are not comfortable with COVID-19 testing by the canine team may undergo another free scanning methodor before entering the stadium, but this may take about 45 minutes.
Those who tSit down 30 feet (9 meters) from the court They will have to undergo a rapid test for the disease there, before the game begins.
Recent studies and research programs showed that dogs trained to identify cases of covid-19 perform these detection tasks successfully, thanks to their great nose.
Since March 1, 2020, when the first case was confirmed in Florida, there have been more than 1.6 million infected in the state, of which about 25,000 have died, according to the count of the state Department of Health.
The United States is number one in the world, with more than 24.5 million infections and 401,000 deaths.