Results for - The COVID-19 Contact Tracing app - a boon or a boondoggle?

2,209 voters participated in this survey

In Canada and elsewhere governments are launching contact tracing apps to notify users if they’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus. But many people have been discovering they can’t use it. That’s because the technology is only available on Apple and Android phones “released with the past 5 years". In order to be effective, a 60% or greater download rate is needed. This could be hard to achieve if large numbers of phones are incompatible. There is some "big brother" type misinformation about the app that needs to be put to rest. If a person gets tested for COVID-19 and proves positive, a code number is uploaded to the app. If you are in a store fand someone who tested positive for COVID breaks quarantine and enters the store you will receive an alert that you "may" have been in contact with "someone." You can decide what to do about it such as sanitize, charge your mask, get tested for COVID or test yourself using on of the DIY kits. The app does NOT tell you who it was who triggered the alert and uses Bluetooth rather than GPS so your location is not tracked. So as many people as possible and at least 60% of us need to download the appropriate app. but can this be done if we don't have the right phone? That's what this survey is about.

1. If a covid app is available in your area will you download and use it (provided your phone can do so)?

Yes I want to be protected since I am in a high risk group.
17%
374 votes
Yes I want to know if I might have been exposed so as to protect others.
19%
409 votes
No I don't think the technology will work.
18%
395 votes
No. If I have been in contact I don't want to know it
5%
112 votes
No. I don't want anybody to know whether or not I am positive for COVID-19 - "big brother" or otherwise.
16%
343 votes
Other (please specify)
4%
79 votes
Not Applicable
30%
667 votes
Do you think the goal of 60% usage of the covid app is doable? If not why not?
  • Yes
  • No. People resist change
  • yes

2. Whether or not you decide to use the app it is important to know if that goal of 60% can be met with the number and types of cell phones in use by the public. Could you use the app if you wanted to or are you excluded simply because you have the wrong type of phone?

I have an Apple type phone newer than 5 years old and could use the app if I wanted to.
16%
351 votes
I have an Android type phone newer than 5 years old and could use the app if I wanted to.
26%
580 votes
I have an Apple type phone older than 5 years old and could not use the app even if I wanted to.
6%
123 votes
I have an Android type phone older than 5 years old and could not use the app even if I wanted to.
8%
168 votes
I have neither an Apple nor an Android type phone and could not use the app even if I wanted to.
10%
213 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
26 votes
Not Applicable
36%
781 votes
If you need a new phone in order to use the app, who should pay for it? Your thoughts please.
  • No idea
  • The app should be written to run on the other phones.
  • in the process of getting one / so yes to your question

3. If you are unable to use the app even if you wanted to and given the amount of money that has already been spent designing an app that may not work, what are you going to do to help make it work?

I will buy a newer phone that is compatible with the app.
5%
112 votes
I will contact the manufacturer of my phone to request a software update to make it compatible. If enough people contact them they should listen and do something about it.
7%
156 votes
I will contact the manufacturer of my phone software (Android or Apple) to request a software update to make it compatible. If enough people contact them they should listen and do something about it.
7%
153 votes
I will contact the government to request an update to the app to make it compatible. If enough people contact them they should listen and do something about it.
6%
137 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
36 votes
Not Applicable
77%
1,686 votes
Do you think the risk of getting COVID makes it worthwhile to do whatever it takes?
  • Yes otherwise the apps wont work.
  • yes
  • Nope
11/28/2020 Technology 2209 54 By: DavKar

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