1.1 million Canadians have already downloaded the COVID Alert app

On Friday, the Government of Canada finally launched the COVID Alert exposure notification app.

Since then, reportedly, 1.1 million Canadians have downloaded the app on iOS and Android.

The COVID Alert app relies on exposure notification API, created by Google and Apple, that uses Bluetooth to communicate anonymous codes between smartphones with the app installed.

So, if someone gets back a positive test, they’ll upload that data in their app, then send an anonymous, non-identifiable code to other smartphones with the app installed; therefore, alerting users in the area that they’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19.

To learn more about the COVID Alert app, click here.

Source: Canadian Digital Services

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