Wondering what the Aarogya Setu app is all about? Read the article by Mahek to find out all the details about this helpful app.
The Indian government has unveiled an app called #AarogyaSetu designed to alert users if they have come in close proximity with any Covid-19 positive patient.
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 app is currently available on Google Play Store for download.
Released on Wednesday, the app has already been downloaded over 5,000 times.
To use the app, one needs switch on Bluetooth and location and set location sharing to "always".
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.
"With Aarogya Setu, you can protect yourself, your family and friends, and help our country in the effort to fight COVID-19," according to the description of the app.
Number of people tested positive near you
Once you register for the app, with your mobile number and an OTP, the app asks you to take a self-assessment. The home screen also gives a lot of information such as the number of people tested COVID-19 positive, number of Aarogya Setu users, the number of people who have taken the self-assessment test and the number of people who self-assessed ‘unwell’ within your 500m, 1km, 2km, 5 km, and 10 km radius.
COVID updates and E-pass
The app also gives state-wise and country-wise updates on the number of Coronavirus cases recorded. The number of people recovered, the number of deaths and the number of people who have recovered. The app also shows us a link to E Pass .
One can also donate and contribute towards the PM cares through the app. The app also gives a helpline number.
What people have got to say?
A lot of people on the reviews have stated their concern about having to give personal information to use the app. But the government has stated that these claims are baseless.