The National Health Service (NHS) released its latest app late Thursday, Sept. 24 in England and Wales. Developers made NHS COVID-19 app to help people track the spread of the novel coronavirus that triggers the current global pandemic.
The app operates by monitoring users who had close contact with the patients exposed to the virus. The software enables restaurants, bars, or other venues to check-in by scanning a QR code on their computer. They would get a warning notification telling them whether any of the persons around them are sick. If there are good instances, the app will advise them to self-isolate.
After the launch, users installed the NHS COVID-19 software a million times in just 24 hours. Because it’s new, some people really don’t know how to use the application. Some consumers, though, are also uncertain regarding the current contract tracing app.
Installing the application
The latest NHS COVID-19 app is accessible for all iPhone and Android smartphones. People can update from the App Store or Google Play Store.
However, smartphones or smartwatches are actually inaccessible. The app only operates for the new mobile apps. This indicates that users need to update the newest iOS edition and Android framework.
Update your computer by navigating to Settings (General). Once you’ve found it, tap “Software Update” option.
Activating the application
After installing the latest contact tracing software, you will obtain a “Privacy Notice.” Read the notes handed out by NHS COVID-19 app carefully to know how the software can handle your info.
After you’re good with the Privacy Notice, if you wish to use it, press the “Accept” button. The first component will enable you to input your postcode. Afterwards, you’ll get a warning telling you to trigger COVID-19 exposure monitoring and alerts.
You may also get a message asking for your consent if the app should send alerts. Once enabled, the software is ready to use.
How to use the software?
If two people are in close contact with each other for more than five minutes, they will exchange keys or “digital handshakes” from Bluetooth. Bluetooth signal intensity test proximity.
Health experts could create a point score on how many times and how long someone communicated with another person during a day using the said data.
If someone checks coronavirus positively, they will tell the app, sending their keys to a central database to figure out who was in touch with that person.
Suppose the system determines a person as a close contact. In that case, a notification will automatically be sent asking them to self-isolate for two weeks. The warning receiver isn’t informed who caused the warning.
Even if they have no symptoms or end up receiving a negative test result later, anybody who gets an alert must self-isolate for 14 days.
What other features are there?
A QR code scanning feature is available, enabling people to check-in at the venues they visit and share their contact details for human tracing.
Over 160,000 organizations have already acquired QR codes in their warehouses.
The app also has a feature that helps users book a test, a local risk-level warning tool, a symptom-reporter tool, and a countdown timer to monitor how long they have to remain in isolation.
The software is accessible in eight languages for users aged 16 and over.