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Health Canada's COVID-19 contact tracing app goes live Friday

Last Updated Jul 31, 2020 at 11:04 am EDT

 

Health Canada has finally launched its COVID-19 contact tracing app after a test-run across Ontario was delayed at the beginning of the month.

The COVID Alert app became available for download on Friday. Once users download the app, all they have to do is select their province to begin.

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.

But it won’t notify you if you just pass each other on the street. You need to be closer than two metres to someone positive with the virus for at least 15 minutes before your phone records that as a connection.

If you test positive for the virus, you’ll be asked to type in a code. At which time the app will notify everyone you have come into contact with over the last 14 days – as long as they too have the app.

The app doesn’t require the users personal information so if you test positive your identity will be kept private.

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