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Airport Worker Testing Study

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As part of a research study, we are pleased to make free, rapid COVID-19 testing available on-site at Toronto Pearson for airport workers. The research study is designed to explore the effectiveness of antigen testing in a live environment, comparing it with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Testing is now available in Terminal 1 to any airport worker, regardless of their role, employer or work location, so long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Workers volunteering to participate in this study will receive a PCR test and an antigen test – both administered during the testing appointment. Results are expected to be provided within approximately four hours.

The research study is supported in part by funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). Testing services are made available at the airport through Fionet, together with Alpha Labs, and OnPoint1 Health, and under the supervision of a licensed medical doctor.

Eligibility

The Airport Worker Testing Study is available to:

  • Airport workers who do not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have a personal electronic device capable of connecting to the internet (such as a cell phone)

Any participants that meet the following criteria are ineligible to participate:

  • Participant unable or unwilling to provide informed consent in the registration process
  • Currently exhibiting or have exhibited the following symptoms within 14 days of test appointment: Fever, chills, cough or worsening of chronic cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Current diagnosis of respiratory illness or diagnosis of respiratory illness within 14 days of test appointment
  • Frequent nosebleeds (more than 2 per month) and/or active nosebleed within 24 hours of the test appointment
  • Nasal surgery within previous 3 months
  • Acute facial trauma or injury
  • Unable, or unwilling, to provide required sample
  • Investigator believes participant is unsuitable for inclusion in the study (i.e., has serious condition(s) or other reason(s) that could limit their ability to participate in the study; or impact the scientific integrity of the study)

When to use the airport testing centre

Notifications of exposure

  • Whether you received your notification at work or at home, you can use the Terminal 1 testing centre to get your test, as long as you’re asymptomatic
  • Confirmed exposures
    • If you have a confirmed exposure, you will need to leave immediately after your test and wait for your results at home
    • You will need to isolate for 14 days regardless of your test result
  • Unconfirmed exposures
    • If you have an unconfirmed exposure, you must wait at the testing centre waiting area for your results
    • If you are negative, you can return to work
    • If you are positive, you will need to leave the airport immediately to begin a 14-day isolation period

No exposure notification

  • If you did not receive a notification of exposure but still feel you need a test, you are welcome to use the Terminal 1 testing centre to get your test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • We recommend you book these appointments after your work hours, so that you can proceed home to wait for your results

Steps to book your Airport Worker Testing Study Appointment

  • Register on the Fionet platform
  • Book an appointment
  • Arrive at the Terminal 1 testing centre
  • Check in for your appointment
  • Get tested
  • Wait until you get your results notification via text or email
    • If you tested while on shift because of a potential exposure, you are required to wait at the testing area for your results
  • View your results through your Fionet Platform

Results

Contact information

Fionet Support Service: 647-490-0371

Questions and answers

Basics

Participation Experience

Testing Experience

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