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COVID-19 Study with International Travellers Starts Today at Pearson Airport

Researchers from McMaster University are working with Air Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to try to study how effective various quarantine periods are for returning travellers.

Starting today, international travellers arriving at Pearson’s Terminal 1 are being invited to take part in a voluntary survey by McMaster HealthLabs’ (MHL) researchers, according to a press release issued by Air Canada on Thursday.

The month-long study is the largest of its kind, according to the researchers, and will examine the number and percentage of arriving international travellers who test positive for the virus during the federal government’s mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

“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,” John Gilmour, MHL’s chief executive officer said in the press release. Read more…..

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