“Deck the halls”, but mind the echo in the room –
Over half of Canadians will not be attending parties or gatherings this holiday season

Leger survey commissioned by DriverCheck reveals insights into holiday gatherings and thoughts regarding at-home, DIY Covid-19 testing

Toronto, December 9, 2021 – The pandemic continues to force Canadians to reevaluate how they will spend this holiday season – a recent survey reveals more than one in two Canadians (51 per cent) plan to stay away holiday gatherings and two thirds (65 per cent) are concerned about attending gatherings that include unvaccinated family members or friends as a result of COVID-19. These are two of the findings from the COVIDdetect Consumer Insights COVID-19 Survey conducted November 26 to November 28, commissioned by DriverCheck, the leading provider of workplace medical testing and assessments in Canada and the company that has performed more than 500,000 tests since the start of the third wave of the pandemic in March 2021.

“For the sake of our mental health and wellbeing, we must do what it takes to feel safe and stay healthy, especially at this time of the year when we want to be with friends and family,” says Connor Page, Vice President of Strategy at DriverCheck. “With the right precautions, we can give people peace of mind – and that’s what we’re committed to doing with our COVIDdetect solution for individual and families. It combines rapid antigen kits, easy step-by-step online educational materials and live support teams, available 7 days a week – so people can conduct a rapid antigen test with confidence.”

Specialized in company-wide occupational health and safety programs and testing since 1996, DriverCheck entered the COVID-19 testing space more than a year ago among its roster of some 6,400 corporate clients. Last week, the company introduced its convenient and popular rapid antigen test which come with online training and support through its COVIDdetect.ca online store to individuals and families in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

“While the holiday season might feel overwhelming, getting together with family and friends doesn’t need to be,” says Dr. Jonathan Davids, Corporate Medical Director at DriverCheck. “Getting vaccinated, following health guidelines such as washing hands, social distancing, and using rapid antigen tests regularly for ongoing monitoring and surveillance of one’s own health is the most effective way to do it. Taking these necessary steps to keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe makes spending time with others easier.”

Additional findings from the 2021 COVIDdetect Consumer Insights COVID-19 Survey:

  • Half of Canadians (49 per cent) say they will be attending one or more holiday gatherings over the holiday season, with an average of nine expected co-attendees. The likelihood that Canadians will attend a holiday gathering increases in step with income – 36 per cent of respondents with a household income less than $40,000 per year plan to attend a holiday gathering whereas 60 per cent of households with and annual income of more than $100,000.
  • Available to the general population since August, at-home testing has picked up momentum fast – 22 per cent of adult survey respondents confirmed their intention to use them this holiday period, with those between the ages of 18 and 32 more likely to do so at home.
  • Six in ten Canadians (62 per cent) do not yet know how to use a DIY/at-home COVID test.

Purchases from DriverCheck’s COVIDdetect.ca online store comes with five individual Health-Canada approved antigen rapid tests, each with its own packed swab and buffer solution. Antigen tests are most effective two days before the onset of symptoms and for the next three days after symptoms develop. The tests are relatively inexpensive when compared to PCR testing, offering results in 15-30 minutes, and are useful in at home screening and surveillance for COVID-19.

To see a sample tutorial video of COVIDdetect, visit https://vimeo.com/587696707. COVIDdetect provides live support 7 days a week (6am-11pm ET Mon-Fri; 10am-11pm ET Sat & Sun) at 1-833-616-2100. Kits can be purchased at on COVIDdetect's online store at www.coviddetect.ca/products/rapid-covid-19-antigen-test-kit-5-pack.

Complete survey results are available at https://coviddetect.ca/blogs/news/coviddetect-consumer-insights-covid-19-survey.

For information on COVIDdetect’s testing solutions, visit COVIDdetect.ca or COVIDdetect's social accounts on Facebook (@COVIDdetect), Twitter (@COVIDdetectDC), LinkedIn (@coviddetect) and YouTube (DriverCheck).

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An online survey by Leger of 1,525 Canadians was completed between November 26 to November 28, 2021, using Leger’s online panel, LEO. Leger's online panel has approximately 400,000 members nationally and has a retention rate of 90 per cent. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20. Poll aggregator 338Canada.com gave Leger the highest rating among all polling firms in Canada for the accuracy of its studies. See https://338canada.com/pollster-ratings.htm

About COVIDdetect
Launched in 2021 as one of the most comprehensive DIY/at-home testing services for businesses, COVIDdetect is an extension of DriverCheck’s commitment to focus on good medicine and good health first, knowing the business’s wellbeing will follow. COVIDdetect combines Health Canada-approved COVID-19 test kits with an easy-to-use web-based software. The platform is the next evolution in COVID-19 testing, medical surveillance, vaccination tracking and enables participants to perform Do-it-Yourself (DIY) testing from the comfort and convenience of their homes, anytime, anywhere. COVIDdetect is also available as a stand-alone service or part of an onsite or in-clinic program. For more information, visit COVIDdetect.ca.

About DriverCheck
As Canada’s Fitness for Duty experts, DriverCheck’s company-wide purpose is to build a safer and healthier world. Founded in 1996, DriverCheck is the leading provider of workplace medical testing and assessments in Canada serving thousands of employers in a variety of industries including transportation, oil and gas, aviation, rail, mining, construction, healthcare, manufacturing, and forestry. DriverCheck conducts hundreds of thousands of medical tests annually, offering alcohol and drug testing, COVID-19 testing, occupational health services, medical cannabis review services, medical staffing, and injury management programs. The company is committed to being an educational leader in the fitness for duty sector. For more information, visit DriverCheck.ca

For more information:
Pénélope Carreau
Torchia Communications
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