According to 360 K9 Group, their specially trained dogs are capable of detecting if a person has COVID-19 in less than 30 seconds. If the dogs detect the virus, they will alert their handlers. The person who has been identified as COVID-19 positive will be taken into isolation, where the NASCAR AMR Safety Team will take them through extensive secondary screening.
From the secondary screening, they will then establish if the person is negative and can be allowed into the garage area, or if they are indeed COVID-19 positive.
Speaking to the press, NASCAR managing director of racing operations Tom Bryant said that using the dogs to screen for COVID-19 will help NASCAR solve a challenge they’ve been facing since March 2020. Bryant also said that, based on what NASCAR are going to learn from Sunday’s event, they’ll figure out how to use bio-detection to ensure the safety of drivers, team members and fans during future events.
Tom Bryant also noted that, even with an effective solution in sight, NASCAR will remain on high alert for the virus and its variants, since their aim is to ensure maximum safety within the sport.
This is not the first time dogs have been used to screen for COVID-19 at professional sports events. Back in January, NBA’s Miami Heat made the news when they used dogs to screen fans for COVID-19 infection before allowing them into the games.