48,000 Canadians asked to take blood sample for coronavirus survey

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In the first study of its kind, Statistics Canada is mailing out test kits to tens of thousands of people to study the prevalence of coronavirus in the country. In order to get a good result, the agency is hoping for a minimum 45 per cent response rate.
In the first study of its kind, Statistics Canada is mailing out test kits to tens of thousands of people to study the prevalence of coronavirus in the country.

The survey involves asking 48,000 Canadians to poke their fingers and return a blood sample. That sample will be sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg where it will be tested for the presence of coronavirus antibodies. In order to get a good result, the agency is hoping for a minimum 45 per cent response rate.

Statistics Canada started sending out the kits — which include gloves, alcohol swabs, a needle for poking your finger and paper for the blood sample — in November. The survey will continue through March.

Leanne Murray, one of 3,500 Prince Edward Islanders targeted for the survey, was surprised to receive the kit in the mail. She wasn't sure it was legitimate.

Leanne Murray of Prince Edward Island opens the coronavirus antibody test kit she received from Statistics Canada. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

"It would have been nice to hear something about it on the news, that they were even being mailed out to random people," said Murray.

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