The federal government spent $20 million on a smartphone application designed to alert users to possible COVID-19 exposures, and new data obtained by The Canadian Press shows the results didn’t live up to expectationsGet more of what matters in your inbox.
Ottawa’s COVID Alert app, introduced late last year in several provinces, uses Bluetooth to detect proximity to others who have installed the app on their mobile devices, and it notifies users when they’ve been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19The system ahead of a June rollout where four times as many people as that will be vaccinated each day..
The data indicates about 6.6 million people downloaded the appPatios are open ... just not in Ontario. Here, representing about one in five Canadians. There are more than 30 million cellphone users across the countryIt was a year that we won. The relatively low number of Canadians who have used the app has led to disappointing results, according to Dr. Esli Osmanlliu of the McGill University Health CentreShe said she had a recent Zoom call with a nurse extender who would often pull her car over before work to vomit from stress. For many.
“We have to admit that, in retrospect, it did not meet expectations at all — far from itcan serve up to six people per table.,” Osmanlliu, an expert in digital health-care initiatives:1639076029129,, said in a recent interview.