Healthcare workers can now temporarily disable the COVID Alert exposure notification app while at work.
The Canadian Digital Service (CDS) has announced in a series of tweets that a new feature allows users to turn the app on or off.
“This change comes from hearing feedback, specifically from healthcare workers, who asked to make it easier to turn off the app while at work and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE),” the agency tweeted.
Ongoing usability testing allows us to learn more about your needs and how #Alert for COVID-19 you can meet them.
This helps us decide on new features, including the latest one released today that allows a person to turn the app on or off.
More information about this new feature 👇 pic.twitter.com/7OiWYPm4gU
– Canadian Digital Service (CDS) (@CDS_GC) December 10, 2020
The CDS notes that while it was previously possible to turn off the app, you had to disable Bluetooth through your phone’s settings to do so. Now when users tap or swipe up on the bottom menu of their home screen, they will see an option to ‘Disable COVID alert’.
“This option was created with the needs of healthcare workers in mind to prevent them from receiving false notifications,” says the CDS. “Only people wearing full PPE should turn off the app and then turn it back on once they are no longer in PPE.”
This new change doesn’t change anything for the rest of Canadians who use the app, and the CDS says the advice remains the same for those without PPE.
Source: Canadian digital service