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COVID-19 app, backed by federal government, now available

COVID-19 app, backed by federal government, now available”

The app's goal is to help stop the spread of the virus, although it is not mandatory to have.

While anyone across Canada can download the app, they will only get alerts if they have been near someone who is in a province that has integrated the app with its testing system.

Work on COVID Alert was initiated in Ontario by the Ontario Digital Service and volunteers at Shopify, and was the foundation of the work by the Government of Canada.

Canadians can download the app to their mobile phones, which will use bluetooth technology to exchange signals with nearby phones. The government describes it as an exposure notification app - not a contact-tracing app - as it does not track personal data.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those who said they downloaded the app on Thursday. The more people who use it, the better it can trace, and therefore slow, the spread of the virus.

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The COVID Alert app uses Bluetooth technology to detect when users are near each other. "We expect they'll be coming on board soon, as well", he said.

Other phones using the app then check the central server, and if records any codes that match the one in the server, the user will be notified that they have been exposed in the past 14 days. "I encourage all Ontarians to download the app, as early detection of cases will be important as we continue to carefully reopen more of the province".

Several U.S. states are working on apps that use the API, including Alabama, North Dakota, and SC, but no contact tracing apps that take advantage of the tool have been released in the United States to date. The federal government is working with other provinces to make it available to residents across the country.

Officials say the more people who download the app, the more effective it will be and stressed that it is a notification app, not a contact-tracing app.

The app is voluntary and can be purchased through the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. "They were totally aware that there's going to be some hesitancy with people using this app", said Dr. Isaac Bogoch on CTV News Channel.



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