Update 2022-08-13: A few months ago the app started crashing and kept crashing so I uninstalled it. Looking at the comments on Play Store, other people have had the same problem. That was on a three and a half year old phone (a Google Pixel 2). I have since uploaded to a newer phone so maybe the app would work now, but I haven’t tried. One thought I had is that maintaining this at the state level is more work than doing it at the national level, which is an unfortunate situation. Also I wonder if exposure notifications work across states currently, e.g. if someone from New York traveled to California.

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I installed North Carolina’s SlowCOVIDNC virus exposure notification app and if you live in NC I encourage you to install it, too. You can get it from Apple App Store or Google Play.

So if you’ve been hesitating and wondering “I wonder what my computer programmer and security conscious friends think about this app?” The answer is I think you should install it.

I try harder than most people to avoid installing apps on my phone. I’m wary of apps causing problems either through incompetence or malicious intent. I think the risks in this case are low (much lower than any other random app, like a game or weather app) and the potential to reduce virus spread rate exists (and I barely even go out), so it’s worth it.

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