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Is COVID Alert app still relevant?

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Is COVID Alert app still relevant?

Is COVID Alert app still relevant? It seems forgotten. Does anyone know if the criteria in it are still the same, like 15 min exposure? That's useless for the delta which can infect in 1-2 min. Are people still given codes to enter into it? I haven't heard any mention of this app in the news or anywhere for the past many months. It's still updated though on Android.
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According to the in-app alert, it was retired on June 30, 2021.
Canada COVID-19.jpg

ETA: My mistake, read again and you are talking about the separate COVID Alert app. I have nothing to contribute regarding that.
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Curiousah wrote: According to the in-app alert, it was retired on June 30, 2021.

ETA: My mistake, read again and you are talking about the separate COVID Alert app. I have nothing to contribute regarding that.
What was that Canada COVID-19 app? I've never heard of it.
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Here's some data about how much it's being used:

https://data.ontario.ca/dataset/covid-alert-impact-data

According to this (https://www.reddit.com/r/CanadaCoronavi ... cases_149/),

*Positives Uploaded to app in last day/week/month/since launch: 5 / 21 / 87 / 24,109 (2.4% / 1.5% / 1.7% / 4.7% of all cases)
*App downloads in last day/week/month/since launch: 567 / 3,647 / 15,815 / 2,801,291 (50.2% / 50.7% / 52.3% / 42.3% Android share)

Seems like it's still being used.
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Planker wrote: Here's some data about how much it's being used:

https://data.ontario.ca/dataset/covid-alert-impact-data

According to this (https://www.reddit.com/r/CanadaCoronavi ... cases_149/),

*Positives Uploaded to app in last day/week/month/since launch: 5 / 21 / 87 / 24,109 (2.4% / 1.5% / 1.7% / 4.7% of all cases)
*App downloads in last day/week/month/since launch: 567 / 3,647 / 15,815 / 2,801,291 (50.2% / 50.7% / 52.3% / 42.3% Android share)

Seems like it's still being used.
It's been used but is it useful? Only in Ontario there were a minimum of 1000 cases in any given week in the past but only 21 cases entered into the app. It doesn't matter if many people download the app, it matter how many people enter their cases into it. Otherwise, it's just a piece of junk software.

Any indication if a 15 minute minimum contact time is still used by the app as a criterion for alert? It makes it double-useless in cases with delta.
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blueraindrop wrote: In Western Australia they launched a similar contact tracing app in November 2020.
Now, they found that the information collected was also used for other purposes than contact tracing, with 6 requests being made by the police.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/auditor-f ... -at-launch
Then it's not similar. The Canadian app can't be used like this. Read about how it works.
P.S. The Canadian app does not allow for tracing.
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alpovs wrote: What was that Canada COVID-19 app? I've never heard of it.
I feel like an Amazon reviewer who didn't actually buy the product on this thread, sorry, but I barely opened this app...checked regional stats and theoretically it could have been used for national announcements?

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