Why the CareFiji app is Im­por­tant

Fiji Sun - - EXPLAINER - Jy­oti Prat­i­bha jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

The careFIJI app is now avail­able for down­load and is one of the least in­va­sive apps com­pared to what we use al­most daily.

Why is the app so im­por­tant? This is a huge step to­wards re­open­ing the coun­try for busi­ness. With more peo­ple ex­pected to en­ter Fiji in com­ing weeks, this app will play an in­stru­men­tal role in con­tact trac­ing, a task which has taken days since the coro­n­avirus out­break, will be un­der­taken in a mat­ter of hours.

The usual crit­ics have taken to so­cial me­dia to whine about this app. In­stead of en­cour­ag­ing every­one to down­load this app for peo­ples own safety, those aligned to po­lit­i­cal par­ties are busy find­ing faults, even if there is none.

One com­mon crit­i­cism is that peo­ple need data to down­load this very small app. It is a silly crit­i­cism but it is some­thing that peo­ple are us­ing to find fault.

Well, if you do not have data to down­load this app, there are free Wi-Fi spots all over the coun­try where you can get free Wi-Fi for an hour.

This app takes mere min­utes minute to down­load and in­stall. To use Blue­tooth, you do not need to be con­nected to data.

It takes less time and data to down­load this app com­pared to watch­ing three videos on TikTok.

There are cur­rently 48 con­tact trac­ing apps be­ing used in 31 coun­tries.

■ From the 48, only eight con­tact trac­ing apps use Blue­tooth only the least in­va­sive tech­nol­ogy;

■ From the 48, 26 apps in 17 coun­tries use GPS only - track peo­ple’s move­ments;

■ Thir­teen apps in 10 coun­tries use GPS and Blue­tooth;

■ One app in one coun­try uses surveil­lance data; and

■ One app in one coun­try uses user-sub­mit­ted geo data.

The careFIJI uses Blue­tooth only and there­fore is the least in­va­sive tech­nol­ogy. Peo­ple give more per­mis­sions to apps such as Face­book and Twit­ter.

Down­load this app to­day for your safety and for the safety of your fam­ily and friends.

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