Last month, the state of California launched a new mobile phone app that would allow residents to participate in an automated contact tracing program. Everyone’s location would be detected by the app on a 24/7 basis and if you unwittingly came in contact with a person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus you would be notified. Then everyone who had been in contact with you since the time of your exposure would similarly be flagged. Sounds like an almost foolproof plan, right? There turned out to be just one fly in the ointment, however. Barely one-fifth of California residents installed the app and even some of those who did download it later uninstalled it. (CBS Los Angeles)
California health officials have urged residents to sign up for the California Notify mobile app to help track coronavirus cases, but most of the state population has yet to register.
According to the California Health Department, about eight million people in the state have signed up out of the population of roughly 40 million people.
The app, which launched on Dec. 10, lets residents know if they’ve been within six feet of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus with 15 or more minutes of contact.
Gee. I wonder why more people didn’t immediately sign up to have their phone constantly checking out who they’ve come close to every moment of their lives. It’s a real mystery for sure.