August 3rd 2020
First and foremost, I feel this is a very important step to keeping this Corona-19 virus under control, and I hope everyone downloads this app, the only problem is that it isn’t available for all phones, with older smartphones being shutout at this point, and it is totally reliant on people volunteering to participle in the app. We have downloaded the app, and are urging everyone we know to do the same, we feel we would like to have as much information as early as possible of any chance of being infected, as we are around hundreds of people at the park, and while we use masks, and try to practice proper social distancing, we think being over cautious is the prudent way to go.
The following is taken from the website …
Together, let’s limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks.
COVID Alert helps us break the cycle of infection. The app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.
That way, we can take care of ourselves and protect our communities.
Your privacy is protected
COVID Alert does not use GPS or track your location.
It has no way of knowing:
- Your location.
- Your name or address.
- Your phone’s contacts.
- Your health information.
- The health information of anyone you’re near.
Nobody will get any information about you or the time you were near them. Learn more about how COVID Alert protects your privacy.
How it works
- The app uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones.
- Every day, it checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they tested positive.
- If you’ve been near one of those codes in the past 14 days, you’ll get a notification.
Learn more about how it works.
Starting in Ontario
Ontario is the first province where people can use COVID Alert to report a COVID-19 diagnosis.
Even outside Ontario, it’s still helpful to download COVID Alert. That way, when people in your area are able to report a diagnosis, you’ll be notified if you were near them.
One part of public health
- COVID Alert is just one part of the public health effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Follow all public health guidelines in your area.
- Use the app for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The app does not replace manual contact tracing by local public health authorities.
- COVID Alert does not replace medical advice. If you get sick, contact your doctor or other healthcare provider.
Built in the open
The Government of Canada is building and continually improving the COVID Alert app in the open.
- COVID Alert mobile app advisory council
- COVID Alert mobile app open source repository
- COVID Alert open source server repository
- COVID Alert portal repository
- Report a vulnerability
- Accessibility statement for COVID Alert
Is this the answer to all of our concerns, no, not even close, but is one more tool in our arsenal of tools to help protect us. And we will use every thing that is available to stay safe and well while still living our best life.
As always be careful, be safe and stay well!