Covid-19: is the TousAntiCovid application still useful?

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On July 30, the government extended the existence of the TousAntiCovid mobile application for six months, responsible for detecting people around you with Covid-19. Today, is it still useful?

The days of the dreaded “pingdemic” are long gone. Just a year ago, France feared this phenomenon straight from the United Kingdom, where the application responsible for notifying people with Covid had caused great paralysis in the country. This phenomenon will never have occurred in France, and today, TousAntiCovid seems neglected by most of us.

However, the government has decided to extend the life of the mobile application responsible for combating the spread of Covid-19, until January 31, 2023, we can read in the Official Journal.

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For travelers, a practical tool

With the lifting of the state of health emergency on August 1, the usefulness of the application to fight against Covid-19 appears to be relatively marginal. At the hospital, the habit of scanning your health pass by handing out your smartphone, on which TousAntiCovid once appeared prominently on your home screen, is over. Still, the app could still come in handy in some cases.

First of all, you might need it if you are traveling. Note that TousAntiCovid always includes your various vaccination records, which you may be asked to do if you go abroad. This is for example the case in Malta, Morocco or the United States, where you will need to present a valid vaccination pass to go through customs.

The Covid-19 application can also be useful if you are looking for a vaccination center to receive your third or fourth dose of serum. TousAntiCovid also allows you to define if you are eligible for these reminders, and from when.

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A “marginal” utility, according to the CNIL

In an opinion issued on August 5, 2022, the National Commission for Computing and Liberties (CNIL) pointed to limited interest in the functionalities of the TousAntiCovid application in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic. “The extension of the Bluetooth contact tracking functionality is justified, despite its marginal usefulness,” the commission nevertheless believes.

The CNIL also considers that “the extension of the digital reminder book function is not justified since the government”, because its “limited use has not made it possible to draw the necessary conclusions as to its health usefulness” . It is therefore up to you to determine whether or not TousAntiCovid will be able to serve you in the coming months in the event of a new attack by Covid-19.

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