August 5, 2020 | by: Amanda Misner

Canada’s Covid Alert App – What You Need To Know

The Federal Government has launched a new COVID Alert app — here’s everything you need to know about it.

Government of Canada:

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.

Starting in Ontario

Ontario is the first province where people can use COVID Alert to report a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Other provinces

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.

More info: Government of Canada

COVID Alert app is available for Apple & Android smart devices