It's finally here! The COVID Alert app Canada has created is now available for download across the country. Right now, only one province will get exposure notifications but officials want everyone to have the app on their phones.\nCOVID Alert has now officially launched and everyone can download it from the App Store or Google Play.\nWhile it was first announced as a contact tracing app, that's no longer what it's for.\nEditor's Choice: Red Onion Salmonella Outbreak In Canada Linked To US Products Which Should Be Thrown Away\nIt's an exposure notification app that lets you know when you've come into close contact in the last 14 days with someone who tested positive who also has the app.\nClose contact is when you're within two metres of someone for at least 15 minutes.\nIt uses Bluetooth signals and exchanges random codes with nearby phones that are changed every five minutes.\nIf you're worried about privacy, Health Canada officials told Narcity that the app has no way of knowing your location, name or address.\nUsing this app is completely voluntary, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had previously said that it will be more effective if more people use it.\nCurrently, exposure notifications will only go out to people in Ontario but the government is in talks with other provinces and territories, specifically B.C. and New Brunswick, to roll this out nationwide.\nThat could happen in the coming days.\nLisa Belmonte | Narcity\nHere's how the app works once you download it: when you enter, you'll be told about why it was put into place and what it aims to do.\n"The app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear," it says.\nYou'll also be told about how your privacy is protected.\nFor the app to work, you have to give it permission to log random codes when you're near other phones and to send you notifications.\nYou can also put in which province or territory you live in.\nThen you're all set!\nLisa Belmonte | Narcity\nIf you live outside of Ontario, you'll be notified once people in your area can start reporting a positive test through COVID Alert.\nAnybody who tests positive will be given a one-time key to enter into the app.\nYou have to allow it to share that code with other phones. If you don't, nobody will be notified.\nOnce that's done, you'll be asked to share a new random code every day for the next 13 days.\nAll of this is completely voluntary.\nLisa Belmonte | Narcity\nIf you enter a key and allow the app to share your random code, nobody will get any information about you.\nPeople's phones will simply get a notification that they've been in close contact with someone who tested positive.\nFor anyone who gets an exposure notification, COVID Alert will give you information from your local public health authority on the steps to take to stay safe.