If you activate this function on your phone, you will be notified of nearby infections
MÉRIDA, Yucatán, (December 10, 2021).- Starting today, Yucatecans can activate Covid exposure notifications on their IOS or Android devices, the new tool created by the companies Google and Apple that will serve to reinforce coronavirus prevention measures.
This Thursday at the Siglo XXI Convention Center, Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal presented this tool that is not an application, but a function that already has the cell phone integrated but that will be activated in Yucatán as of today.
During the launch of this new technology, it was explained that “Notifications Covid Yucatán” will notify you on your cell phone if you have been at a distance less than 10 meters and for a long time to a positive case of Covid, without this tool violating privacy users, or share your geographical location and without interfering with the operation of your cell phone.
The president recommended that all Yucatecans activate this platform before the possible arrival in Yucatán of the Omicron variant and to reduce the chains of contagion.
How does the notification of exposure to Covid work?
The platform is secure, since it does not store any type of identity data of the users, nor does it have access to personal information, but rather works through the exchange of random codes of the registered devices, which change within a few minutes of being generated. .
If a person tests positive and notifies the tool of their diagnosis, it sends an alert to their contacts for the last 14 days, without telling them who it is or the place, since a GPS tracking is not done either.
In this regard, the Undersecretary of Information Technologies and Communications of the State, Rodrigo Solís Pasos, explained that, once this tool is activated and when notifications are enabled, with Bluetooth on, there will be a range of approximately 10 meters, to identify the devices of those who have been in contact for more than 5 minutes.
He also highlighted the importance of reporting positive cases, so that this system fulfills its function, for which it is necessary to access the Google settings and activate the notifications, where they will ask to register a code that will arrive via text messages and, later , you should answer a few simple questions to follow up on positive cases.
How to activate the notification of exposure to Covid?
To activate this system it is necessary to keep the Bluetooth function on and once activated, there are several different ways to obtain this tool:
- An invitation will be sent to all cell phones, through a mass text message, where all you have to do is follow the instructions.
- A QR code with the corresponding information will be disseminated on the social networks of the State Government.
- Each user will be able to do it on their device, going directly into their settings. In the settings of your mobile device, look for the option notifications of exposure, check that it is active.
- Also, you can write notification of exposure to Covid in the search engine of your phone and you will get a window with the logo of the Ministry of Health of Yucatan.
Once the tool window appears, you must click on continue, and then select country and state; to finally accept the terms and conditions.