I regularly forget that I have New York’s COVID-19 exposure notification app

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Back in April, Apple and Google announced that they were teaming up to develop a Bluetooth Low Energy-based contact tracing system to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Last week — five months later — New York, where I live, launched an app called COVID Alert NY that uses the system. After months of following news of its development and watching the rollout of apps in other states, I was excited to have the option to use it myself. I downloaded it, tucked it in a folder on my iPhone — and promptly forgot about it.

Contact tracing is a key public health tool during a pandemic like this one. It usually takes manual detective work: public health officials track down anyone who might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and alert them….

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