Will Rapid Covid-19 testing at airports change your approach to travel?

apid Covid-19 testing at airports

Airlines across the country have been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many struggling to survive – including at Trudeau National Aeroport. However, a new rapid test may prove to be a solution towards saving the airline industry. Air Canada was one of the first in the industry in responding to the situation, by requiring travelers to wear face coverings and the first airline in the Americas to take customers’ temperatures prior to boarding. In May, it introduced a comprehensive program, Air Canada CleanCare+, to apply industry-leading biosafety measures at each stage of the journey.

Provinces across Canada now have a total of 3.8 million Covid-19 rapid tests and each government is deciding how and where they will use them. The airline industry is one area of concern and Air Canada had already announced in News Release on October 1st that were they were ‘finalizing an initial order from Abbott for 25,000 rapid test kits for voluntary employee testing now that it has been approved for use in Canada’. Air Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jim Chung had said, ‘Understanding that we will need to live alongside this virus for the short- to medium-term, we have been pursuing relationships and a layered approach as a way to keep our employees and our customers safe. We believe testing will be key to protecting employees and customers until such time as a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Rapid testing is also a means to enable governments to relax current blanket travel restrictions and quarantines in a measured way while still safeguarding the health and safety of the public.”

The rapid testing system could prove to be an alternative to the 14-day quarantine system. Called ID NOW, the testing kit can provide results in 13 minutes with tests that are able to not only detect the active virus, but also detect antibodies in people who were previously infected – according to Abbott. According to McMaster Health Labs (MHL) who performed 13,000 tests on volunteers since September 3rd, more than 99% tested negative for COVID-19. Of the less than 1% who tested positive, more than 80% were detected in the first test with the others found in the seven-day test. However, reliability of the tests are still being questioned by health officials on whether they can fully trust the results or not – and that rapid tests might not be as reliable as the lab tests. The Medical Officer of Health in Ottawa, Dr. Vera Etches said the ‘city’s testing team is looking at some pilot projects to use rapid tests, such as at a long-term care home with a suspected outbreak’ – but that ‘there are still concerns rapid tests might not be as reliable as the lab tests’. At this stage, it might be enough for some people to feel safer traveling – and for others, perhaps not.

By: Bonnie Wurst – info@mtltimes.ca

Other articles from mtltimes.catotimes.caotttimes.ca

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email


Gold Coast Garage Doors

Gold Coast Garage Doors: A brief tutorial on insulation and safety

A garage can serve a lot of purposes other than just a parking place. The space in the garage is perfect for storage and even as your personal workshop. But they are notoriously drafty, which makes a little harder to spend time inside them. You can solve this problem by adding insulation to the Gold

Montreal restaurants in red zones

COVID-19 – No holiday cheer for Montreal restaurants in red zones

Just last week Quebec was proposing a ”moral contract” with Quebecers that would allow them to enjoy the holidays at home with their families and friends. Premier François Legault gave the green light for up to 10 people to get together in private homes between Dec. 24 – Dec. 27. The premier was asking people to stick to

sturdy bed frame

6 crucial benefits of a sturdy bed frame

Many individuals think that bed frames are not that useful as beds just sit on the ground. Although it’s not entirely wrong, there is a list of reasons to invest in a good bed frame. Bed frames provide the bed with storage options, controls insects and molds, and delivers a massive boost of aesthetic visual

Tips to reduce your anxiety attacks

Tips to reduce your anxiety attacks at night

Picture this situation, you are finally relaxing after a long day. You are feeling tired and your body falls into a state of calmness, but then you suddenly feel more and more awake. Anxiousness overwhelms you and you feel like you can do nothing but say goodbye to your perfect night of sleep. Here are

popular mobile games

Most popular mobile games among Canadians: 2020 poll

Popular mobile games – While phone games are a perfect way to kill some time, we cannot deny the fact that playing some of those games can help with anxiety and stress relief. If you are suffering some sort of stress because of a lot of thinking that never stops, immersing yourself in some game

COVID Staycay

Everyone needs a COVID Staycay from Earth to Body

Covid Staycay. We are adapting and doing our best to deal with these challenging times. For Earth to Body, it means mega show cancellations across Canada. Craft shows, trade shows, exhibitions. We are not flying, nor driving to the events. No car rentals, taxi fares, hotels, Airbnb’s. No work for the trucking companies who shipped

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox