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25 September 2020 08:34

Apparently, professionally trained dogs have recently started working at Helsinki airport in Finland to help detect COVID-19-infected passengers.

Are adorable, fluffy doggies going to be the ones to help save humanity from the global pandemic? There's a big possibility that they are. I mean, they've been doing it for quite a while already, but in more of an emotional sense. But apparently, dogs are now professionally trained and they are able to sniff out COVID-19 faster than laboratory testing. Yes, you read that correctly.

Apparently, professionally trained dogs have recently started working at Helsinki airport in Finland to help detect COVID-19-infected passengers. More info: finavia. Apparently, a research group at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Helsinki recently conducted a study whose results indicated that dogs are able to smell the virus with almost 100% certainty. Moreover, they are able to detect the virus before the symptoms have even started, which is impossible with laboratory testing. "It's a very promising method.

Dogs are very good at sniffing," Anna Hielm-Bjorkman, a University of Helsinki professor, told Global News. "If it works, it will be a good (coronavirus) screening method at any other places. Unfortunately, taking this test doesn't include direct contact with the dog. Apparently, those taking a test will have to swipe their skin using a test wipe and drop it into a cup. After that, the cup is given to a dog to do the sniffing job.

It takes about 10 seconds for dog to sniff a sample. According to Finavia, in the future, four dogs will work at the airport during a shift. "Dogs need to rest from time to time. While two dogs are working, the other two are on a break. The service is mainly intended for passengers arriving from outside the country," says Susanna Paavilainen, CEO of Suomen hajuerottelu – WiseNose Ry, University of Helsinki's DogRisk research group. Image credits: finavia. Bored Panda works best if you switch to our Android app. Many people cannot afford to buy a luxury fashion item that costs $765 not to think of splashing that amount on distressed jeans with what looks like grass stains on them. Mixed reactions have trailed Italian luxury fashion brand Gucci's new line of products for Fall 2020. Gucci released a pair of jeans and a pair of jeans overalls "specifically treated for a stained-like, distressed effect." They cost $765 and $1,400 respectively. "Channelling the Fall Winter 2020 collection's grunge vibe, this wide-leg denim pant is crafted from organic cotton specifically treated for a stained-like, distressed effect," the Gucci website reads. "Gucci explores new takes on the cult fabric, reinterpreting it with different designs and washing techniques that blur the line between vintage and contemporary." Many argue that rather than spend the "exorbitant amount" on the jeans, they could easily go to their garden with a clean pair of jeans and get the same effect in seconds. Interestingly, Gucci is not the first fashion brand to push the envelope when it comes to distressed jeans. Fashion retailer Nordstrom made news headlines for selling jeans caked in fake mud for a whopping $425 and the Onomichi Denim Project boutique has long been selling premium jeans that have been pre-worn by someone for at least a year. If you had enough money, is this an item you will be willing to splash on to have in your closet? - Gucci premiered a denim line with grass stains around the knee area at ridiculous prices - Netizens slammed the new designs with some wondering why they priced them so highly PAY ATTENTION: Click "See First" under the "Following" tab to see Briefly.co.za News on your News Feed! Netizens have been stunned by international fashion brand Gucci after the release of their latest denim collection. The luxury line released pictures showing the denim pieces designed with a grass stain effect around the knee area, which Gucci explained was an "eco washed organic denim pants," for about $1200 (R20 500). The Italian fashion house stated the design was for its grunge-inspired fall/winter 2020 collection and was made from organic cotton. The denim pants which are made from organic cotton Photo: Gucci "This denim overall is crafted from organic cotton, specifically treated for a stained-like, distressed effect. It is produced through cultivation and manufacturing processes that don't involve harmful chemicals, pesticides or artificial fertilizers," read a post on Gucci's website. There were also overalls that came with the latest collection which cost much more than the jeans. The overall which costs a bit higher than the jeans Photo: Gucci Source: UGC Social media fans were however not happy with the design, slamming the fashion line for the new releases and also the crazy prices. One claimed this was meant for rich kids who desire to look dirty but at the same time hate dirt. Here are some of the reactions spotted online: In other news, Dr Zweli Mkhize and the Ministry of Health took part int he viral Jerusalema challenge on Thursday to celebrate Heritage Day. This follows calls from President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africans to unite during these troubling times. Mkhize and his team showed off their dance moves on Master KG's hit song in a field and they not only perfected it, but also managed to still practice lockdown regulations. At one point the video, a lady sanitises her hands before they bust a move while still maintaining the proper social distance from each other. Mkhize posted a link to the video on his Twitter page, writing: "The Ministry of Health has accepted President Cyril Ramaphosa's challenge to participate in the #JerusalemaChallenge! Happy #HeritageDay South Africa!" Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!