Friday, 07 August, 2020

COVID Alert app is now available for download

Health Canada’s COVID-19 contact tracing app goes live Friday New COVID-19 notification app rolls out in Ontario
Cecil Davis | 02 August, 2020, 03:38

Every day, COVID Alert checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they've tested positive for the infection.

"While the app is voluntary, the more people who have the app, the more effective we will be at stopping the spread of COVID-19", Fedele said in a release.

If someone does get a positive covid-19 test - they will have to enter a specific code in order to send out a notification to other app users.

The app uses the bluetooth on your phone to let you know if you've come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

It uses anonymized data that does not collect users' location, name or address, phone contacts, or health information. Because the app is positioned as a national initiative, the OPC and the IPC also consulted other provincial and territorial privacy commissioners.

Trudeau said the app is now linked to the Ontario health system, but anyone in Canada can begin using it today and more provinces are joining it soon.

But again, I thought about the fact that not a lot of people have downloaded the app yet.

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The app was developed in consultation with the privacy commissioners of Ontario and Canada, according to Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

"If you are somebody that takes a lot of precautions and if you are out and interacting with people you've been maintaining as much distance as you can and wearing a mask, then you know I think public health will be able to talk to you and walk you through what you specifically need to do and so this is really only the first step in that process" explained University of Toronto epidemiologist and mathematical modeller Ashleigh Tuite. In Toronto, for example, those who are exposed are instructed to find out how to get tested, and if they do not get tested, should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of the exposure. Download the COVID Alert app for free to help stop the spread of the virus.

"While we have made good progress over the past few months, COVID-19 remains a very serious threat to the health of Canadians", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. The app was designed by the Canadian Digital Service using open source code from Shopify. Codes that are "uploaded" to servers when someone reports a positive COVID-19 result are also deleted after 15 days, the app's privacy policy says.

Ahead of this long weekend, it's important for folks to download COVID Alert and please keep following the public health advice.

"Based on our review of the app and acceptance of our recommendations, I am satisfied that there are strong measures built in to help protect individual privacy", Kosseim said.

"To clarify right from the outset, the COVID Alert is not a contact tracing app", a government official told journalists in a technical briefing about the application on Friday.