Download rates for the Guam Covit-19 warning application are much lower than expected.
When the application was launched in September, the goal was to reach 60% within two weeks. This application helps to warn those who have tested positive for the virus with other active users during COVID-19 transmission events.
“We’re not close to our goal, but we’re slowly getting there,” Carrera said.
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“Before we started, we approached community partners and did presentations for them, and we hope that with grassroots effort, they can help us spread the message,” Carrera said.
Carrera said many countries using the app, including Ireland, have not yet reached the threshold.
“We believe in our ability to be a tight island to spread the message in our community,” Carrera said.
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Privacy concerns are a barrier that prevents individuals from downloading the app.
“I would like to emphasize that there is no violation of privacy when it comes to the use of the Guam Govt-19 alert,” Carrera said.
According to Carrera, the app cannot access a person’s personal information, including contacts or photos. The site uses Bluetooth technology to protect privacy.
If the virus has a personal test positive, the app needs little interaction and activity to alert friends and family of a positive outcome. Otherwise, it is active without interfering with a person’s daily life, he said.