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Dogs Trained To Detect COVID-19 in Metallica and Tool Concert Tours

More acts are incorporating the service with the rise of omicron.

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Dogs Trained To Detect COVID-19 in Metallica and Tool Concert Tours

More acts are incorporating the service with the rise of omicron.

As omicron cases continue to rise, musical acts such as Metallica, Tool and more are incorporating specially trained dogs to sniff out COVID-19 before concerts begin.

The dogs are trained by the Ohio-based organization Bio-Detection K9, with 12 currently in service. Roughly seven or eight dogs are still in the process of training. If anyone is detected to have the virus, including members of the crew and entourage; the canines will sit down. The process entails the animals sniffing people’s masks to cover traces of the variant and has claimed to be successful, with the management company representing Church and Metallica praising the dogs for “knocking it out of the park.”

Metallica made use of the dogs during their 40th-anniversary performances, with Tool following shortly after — they have just begun their U.S. tour on January 10. Other acts such as Church, Ashley McBryde and Brothers Osborne are planning to implement the German Shepherd service in future gigs.

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