New Delhi: India Government’s Aarogya Setu app has been designed to alert users if they have come in close proximity with any Covid-19 positive patient.
The app has been developed by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The app tracks through a Bluetooth and location-generated social graph.
It calculates the user’s risk of infection based on recency and proximity of COVID-19 patient.”We understand the nature and sensitivity of the topic and have taken strong measures to ensure that your data is not compromised. Your data will be shared only with the Government of India. The app does not allow your name and number to be disclosed to the public at large at any time,” said the app.
The Aarogya Setu app supports 11 languages. Once you have downloaded the app from Google Play Store, you need to register with your mobile number. Later, the app will has an option to enter your health stats and other credentials. To enable tracking, you need to keep your location and Bluetooth services on.
Once you are into the app, the app will scan your location and share the your data with the government in case you’ve been tested positive for coronavirus or have been in close contact with a person who was tested positive.
Besides this, the app also has a dedicated a chatbot that asks you a series of questions to determine if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 as well as inform you about the various facilities and updates from the health ministry along with a series of helpline numbers nationally and state-wise.
The app’s alerts are accompanied by instructions on how to self-isolate and what to do in case you develop symptoms that may need help and support.