Canada must ‘immunize’ public against misinformation before COVID-19 vaccine arrives: Tam

Canada’s chief public health doctor says in the age of social media, fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading faster than the virus itself. Dr. Theresa Tam says … Read More

EU launches system that will link national coronavirus tracing apps together

The European Commission on Monday launched an EU-wide system devised to link national COVID-19 tracing apps together in its latest effort to slow down the coronavirus pandemic. Following testing in … Read More

Nova Scotia adopts COVID ALERT app

Nova Scotia has officially adopted Health Canada’s COVID ALERT app, which notifies residents when they may have been near an individual who tested positive for coronavirus. “As we learn to live … Read More

The COVID Alert app isn’t working as well as it should be, and Canadians are part of the problem

It has been more than two months since the Canadian government launched COVID Alert, Canada’s novel coronavirus exposure app, but federal data obtained by Global News shows less than 10 … Read More

Facebook blocks ill man’s plan to live broadcast as he stops eating, drinking

Facebook on Saturday blocked live broadcasts from a chronically ill bed-ridden man who appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for a medically-assisted death and who wanted to show what he … Read More

Newfoundland and Labrador encouraging residents to use new COVID-19 tracing app

By The Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 3, 2020 4:14 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Newfoundland and Labrador has … Read More

Newfoundland and Labrador first in Atlantic Canada to launch COVID-19 app

Newfoundland and Labrador will be the first province in Atlantic Canada to launch a COVID Alert app. The app will provide up-to-date information and alerts in case of a COVID-19 … Read More

Apple, Google building coronavirus tracing tech directly into phone software

Apple and Google are trying to get more U.S. states to adopt their phone-based approach for tracing and curbing the spread of the coronavirus by building more of the necessary … Read More

Quebec will not roll out coronavirus exposure notification application

After public consultations, Quebec will not roll out a novel coronavirus application for smartphones because the government feels the health crisis is under control for now. Éric Caire, the junior … Read More

Quebec won’t use federal coronavirus exposure app for now

Quebec has decided not to follow Ottawa’s lead to roll out a novel coronavirus exposure application at least for now but the provincial government remains open to the idea if … Read More

Can’t download the COVID Alert app? Your operating system may be too old (or new)

The federal government on Friday released its long-awaited smartphone app that will help notify users if they’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus — but a … Read More

Making coronavirus contact-tracing app user-friendly caused delay, Hajdu says

The federal health minister says the government’s new national coronavirus contract-tracing app didn’t roll out on schedule earlier this month because the government wanted to take the time to make … Read More

Coronavirus: Feds mum on launch date for contact-tracing app after Ontario pilot delayed

The federal government isn’t yet saying exactly when Canadians can expect to download a national smartphone app developed to track contacts of confirmed coronavirus cases, nearly three weeks after the … Read More

U.S. charges Chinese hackers accused of targeting coronavirus vaccine research

Hackers working with the Chinese government targeted firms developing vaccines for the coronavirus and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets from companies across … Read More

Many seniors don’t own a smartphone. Experts say it might be a ‘gap’ in tracking apps

As Canada steadies its coronavirus cases, contact tracing is quickly becoming the backbone of control and containment. A federally backed tracing app is on the horizon, and experts have said that … Read More

If contact tracing for COVID-19 stops at the border, can it really be effective?

Public health experts agree that robust programs to test more people and trace their contacts are vital for countries to safely reopen while also preventing a surge of new coronavirus … Read More

Coronavirus tracing app not yet OK’d by privacy watchdog, but outside experts give thumbs up

The federal government’s newly announced coronavirus contact-tracing app hasn’t yet been approved by the federal privacy watchdog but outside privacy and cybersecurity experts are already giving the digital tool an … Read More

Coronavirus contact-tracing app to launch nationally in early July, Trudeau says

A smartphone app developed to help with coronavirus contact-tracing efforts will be launched nationally in early July, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday. Trudeau said the app, which will … Read More

Coronavirus contact tracing app to launch nationally in coming weeks: Trudeau

A smartphone app developed to help with coronavirus contact tracing efforts will be launched nationally in the coming weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday. Trudeau said the app, … Read More

Online platforms scramble as content moderators in short supply amid coronavirus

While hundreds of thousands of companies across the country have seen work grind to a halt amid COVID-19, Chris Priebe is experiencing the opposite. The owner of Two Hat, an … Read More

Canada’s auction of 5G wireless spectrum to telecom firms delayed due to coronavirus

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 5, 2020 4:41 pm Updated June 5, 2020 4:45 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Coronavirus risk hasn’t changed space training much, Canadian astronauts say

On Saturday, SpaceX is expected to launch a historic flight to and from the International Space Station that will revolutionize space exploration, following an initial delay due to weather concerns. … Read More

Coronavirus conspiracy theory linking pandemic to 5G technology sparks cell tower fires

On Friday, May 1, police in Laval, Quebec, received a call that a cellular tower was on fire. One week later, provincial police arrested a couple in their 20s in … Read More

Coronavirus contact tracing app ready for rollout, says Montreal AI institute

One of the world’s leading artificial intelligence research institutes is ready to offer governments across Canada a contact-tracing smartphone application for COVID-19 infections that it promises will protect users’ personal … Read More

Digital screenings, PPE and no waiting rooms — how COVID-19 is changing dentistry

Dentistry clinics, like many businesses, shut down operations in mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic took hold of Canada. Two months later, they are wrestling with how to reopen and stay … Read More

South Korea promises more privacy as it tracks contacts of new coronavirus cases

South Korean health authorities said on Thursday they would revise their practice of publicizing the travel routes of coronavirus patients due to fears of a backlash against people who attended … Read More

New Uber coronavirus measures to require drivers, passengers to wear masks

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2020 4:17 pm Updated May 13, 2020 4:19 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Robot ‘dog’ named Spot to help social distancing efforts at Singapore park

A four-legged robot dog named Spot is set to help social distancing efforts in one of Singapore’s national parks during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Developed by Boston Dynamics, the yellow … Read More

First at-home saliva test to detect coronavirus authorized by U.S. FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it has authorized the first diagnostic test for the new coronavirus that allows patients to collect saliva samples at-home. The decision … Read More

Google data suggests Canadians following COVID-19 rules, but experts wary over privacy

Nearly three months into lockdowns and physical distancing in the time of COVID-19, it seems Canadians are still getting the message. Recent data collected by Google provides insight into how … Read More

Provinces eye technology-enhanced contact tracing in next phase of COVID-19 fight

Using the simple tools of a telephone, paper and pen, contact tracers across Canada are handling some of the most important work in the fight against COVID-19. In Alberta, a … Read More

Coronavirus: Apple, Google to ban location tracking in joint contact tracing system

Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building … Read More

‘Finding light:’ High school gay-straight alliances go virtual amid coronavirus

Lily Overacker and Laurell Pallot start each gay-straight alliance meeting with everyone introducing themselves, saying their pronouns and sharing highs and lows of the week. Except lately it’s been through … Read More

Coronavirus tracing app proves popular in Australia, with more than a million downloads

More than a million Australians rushed to download an app designed to help medical workers and state governments trace close contacts of COVID-19 patients, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval … Read More

Race for coronavirus vaccine draws billions of dollars worldwide, with focus on speed

In the race to develop a vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, charities and Big Pharma firms are sinking billions of dollars into bets with extraordinarily low odds of … Read More

Facebook takes down events about protests against COVID-19 measures in some U.S. states

Facebook Inc said on Monday that it has removed events in Nebraska, New Jersey and California promoting protests against stay-at-home measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus. … Read More

Measuring success: what metrics are used in the fight to flatten the coronavirus curve?

For several months, health officials around the world have been touting various tools for combatting the novel coronavirus. As cases continue to rise in Canada, the term “flattening the curve” … Read More

Coronavirus: Canadian company working with Ottawa to boost ventilator production

A Toronto, Ont., company says it is ready to start making ventilators in a bid to meet expected demand in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Thornhill Medical is … Read More

Coronavirus: 5 tips to find the best mental health tools online

As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise across Canada, so, too, has anxiety and stress related to the pandemic. Related News Kaitlin O’Toole, an occupational therapist from … Read More

TikTok joins forces with WHO to promote coronavirus facts amid pandemic

TikTok, the app that’s quickly becoming Generation Z’s favourite social media platform, says it’s working to communicate informational content to users amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The video platform with an … Read More