Calling all international travellers! You don't need to travel far to get tested. You can now get a COVID-19 test at Toronto Pearson as soon as you land. They will be given voluntarily to those who wish to take one.
According to a news release, this will be done as part of a study to determine the effectiveness of immediate testing for travellers after multiple positive cases have been reported on planes.
Starting September 3, those who have travelled internationally can volunteer to take a COVID-19 test as soon as they land at Toronto Pearson.
The study is being conducted by McMaster HealthLabs (MHR), a non-profit organization for COVID-19 research methods and solutions.
"Our study will provide data to help determine if an airport-based COVID-19 surveillance program is feasible, whether self-collection of COVID-19 testing is effective, and to explore options regarding the 14-day quarantine for international travel," said John Gilmour, MHL's Chief Executive Officer.
The research project is expected to last a month and will be the largest study of its kind.
It aims to determine percentages of arriving international travellers who have the disease, and how this may change the government's COVID-19 policies in the future.
The study will consist of volunteers who will provide a sample to MHL while at the airport, and will again supply two more samples to the research team.
The second sample will be given seven days after arriving at the airport, and the third will be handed in after 14 days.
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The results of the first tests will be sent to the participants online within the first 48 hours, according to the news release.
The results will then be published in peer-reviewed journals for further study on the topic.
This comes after August saw more than 50 flights in and out of Toronto report positive COVID-19 tests halfway through the month.
Pearson has taken other preventative steps to stop the spread of the pandemic, such as extra disinfecting and requiring meet-and-greeters to wait outside.