How your old flip phone could help flatten the curve against COVID-19

An initiative started by the city's University Health Network

Most Toronto residents have been doing their part to help flatten the curve against the spread of COVID-19 by following public health recommendations to practice social and physical distancing, stay home, and limit outings to available shops and pharmacies.

Now, there’s something else you can do to help combat the spread of the virus. Toronto’s University Health Network is asking for people who have old flip phones (or any phone with no street value) to donate them to an initiative to “contact trace COVID-19 positive patients to help facilitate self-isolation.”

The phones will be given to patients in low-income status or in precarious housing situations. Read more on this plan below.

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If you have old phones kicking around, you can donate them to this initiative by dropping them in the mail.

c/o Dr Andrea, Dept of Emergency Medicine
University Health Network
Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street
R. Fraser Elliott Building, Ground Floor, Room 480
Toronto, ON M5G 2C4

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