The Australian Government Launches Covidsafe: How to Download and Use The App

While the COVID-19 pandemic is still causing illnesses and deaths throughout the world, having any kind of tool against it is a good idea. After plenty of game companies brought some compelling offers for gamers to take advantage of, so they will stay home as much as possible, some useful apps began to fight the virus in their own way, too.

One of the apps is Covidsafe, and it’s presented as being Australia’s new coronavirus tracing app. It’s available to download for both Android and iOS users.

How it works

Covidsafe traces every citizen running the app who has been in contact with someone else also using the app and who was tested positive for coronavirus in the previous few weeks.

After you enter your personal data to the app, it will be stored encrypted on a government’s server, and further passed on to state and territory health authorities. By using Bluetooth, Covidsafe records anyone that gets closer to you than 1.5 meters for a minimum of 15 minutes. That person also needs to have the app installed. The two apps will exchange anonymized IDs, which cycle every two hours and are stored encrypted on smartphones and deleted after 21 days. When someone is infected with the new coronavirus, a list of anonymized IDs for the past 14 days of contact for contact tracing will be uploaded. As the official presentation from the Play Store says about Covidsafe:

“COVIDSafe uses the Bluetooth® technology on your mobile phone to look for other devices with COVIDSafe installed. Your device will take a note of contact you’ve had with other users by securely logging the other user’s reference code. If you or someone you’ve been in contact with is diagnosed with COVID-19, the close contact information securely stored in your phone can be uploaded and used—with your consent—by state and territory health officials to quickly inform people who’ve been exposed to the virus.”

You can download and install Covidsafe from the Australian Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Candace Bailey is a reporter at The Trending Times, focusing on listicles, the games, technology, and everything in between. She is based in NYC, and previously was a reporter at the Daily’s city hall bureau.

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