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COVID study takes off at Van­cou­ver air­port

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RICH­MOND — A study has launched to in­ves­ti­gate the safest and most ef­fi­cient way to rapidly test for COVID-19 in peo­ple tak­ing off from the Van­cou­ver air­port. The air­port au­thor­ity said the study, which started Fri­day at West­Jet’s domestic check-in area, is the first of its kind in Canada.

Cal­gary and Toronto air­ports have hosted stud­ies to rapidly test pas­sen­gers who are ar­riv­ing, rather than de­part­ing. The study in B.C. in­volves re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia and Prov­i­dence Health Care, who are re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing the sam­ples.

The air­port au­thor­ity said a pos­i­tive rapid test re­sult does not con­sti­tute a med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis for COVID-19 and those who test pos­i­tive would have to un­dergo test­ing ap­proved by Health Canada, with their flights can­celled or changed at no charge.

Dr. Don Sin, co-prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor and a pro­fes­sor at UBC’s fac­ulty of medicine, said the study will help pub­lic health-lead­ers un­der­stand how peo­ple who don’t have symp­toms of COVID-19 are con­tribut­ing to the spread of the ill­ness.

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