24 September 2020 08:35
The Government's new NHS COVID-19 App: where to download it, how to use it and how your data is protected How to download the NHS COVID-19 app and protect your loved ones. The NHS COVID-19 app allows you to test and trace, and protect your loved ones from the risk of the virus by keeping track of who we may have had contact with. And this weekend (25-27 September) marks The Big App Download Weekend, where people from England and Wales will be coming together to download the app – to help protect loved ones and stop the spread of coronavirus. • The app lets you know anonymously if you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus, so you can take the right action to protect the ones you love, stopping further spread of the virus. You'll start seeing official NHS QR code posters in local businesses, and the app is the quickest and easiest way to now check-in, without having to fill out forms or pass on your details.
• If you have symptoms, you can check these with the app to see if they might suggest you have coronavirus, based on the latest government guidance. If you receive a positive result, you can tell the app, and it will send an anonymous notification to any app user who you've come into recent close contact with. The NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app is free to download in England and Wales. If a person tests positive for coronavirus, the algorithm calculates the risk to every app user they came into contact with when they were contagious. The app cannot track your location – it doesn't use GPS - check or monitor if you are self-isolating, or see personal information on your phone such as messages or contacts.
Like the failed first version of the app, it uses Bluetooth technology to work out when other app users are in close enough proximity to risk passing the virus on. If and when someone begins showing symptoms of the virus, they can share that information on the app, and it will send a notification warning of possible infection to everyone who's been in close proximity with that person recently. The app will also make it easier for users to order a test and check symptoms, and it includes a feature that allows QR codes to be scanned for people to 'check-in' to public locations, such as pubs or restaurants. MORE: Government now says new NHS app will feature contact tracing after confusion The new NHS Covid-19 app has launched to help in the fight against coronavirus. Wiltshire Council is appealing to residents to download the app, so that they can be notified if they have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus, and to businesses to display the NHS QR code poster so that they do not fall foul of the law.
Some businesses and other public places where people meet socially are now legally required to display the NHS QR code poster at all entrances, so customers who have downloaded the app can use their smartphones to easily check-in. This will allow contact tracers to track down customers in order to provide public health advice in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak and provide greater confidence to customers that businesses are taking their safety seriously, so they are more likely to make a return visit. Trace – the app detects and logs other nearby app users so if any user later tests positive for coronavirus, the user will receive an exposure alert with advice on what to do. They can check the app every day to see whether where they live has become a high-risk area for coronavirus. Check-in – the app enables the user to record when they visit a venue by using the venue's QR code. Test – if the user has coronavirus symptoms the app will take them to a website where they can book a test to see whether they have the virus. Leader of Wiltshire Council Philip Whitehead said: "The NHS Covid-19 app is an important tool in the fight against coronavirus and everyone who downloads it is helping in this fight. "The app contact tracing reduces the time it takes to alert those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive with the virus and every additional contact that the app traces helps stop the spread of the disease. With England and Wales's coronavirus contact tracing app rolling out, here we explain how to get hold of it and how to use it: Users can download the NHS Covid-19 app from Apple's App Store on iOS or Google's Play Store for Android devices. The app will then ask for permission to use Bluetooth to carry out automatic contact tracing, as well as the ability to receive notifications, should someone you have been near report symptoms or have a positive test returned. This lets people scan a QR code rather than manually providing contact tracing details. A new Covid-19 contact-tracing app launches across England and Wales today, September 24. The app lets people scan barcode-like QR codes to register visits to hospitality venues and will use Apple and Google's method of detecting other smartphones. 1 The NHS Covid-19 app is available to download now Credit: London News Pictures What is the NHS contact tracing app? The new app tells people whether they have been close to someone who has had coronavirus and send out alerts advising them to self-isolate. Unlike the first app, this contact-tracing app will also include other features designed to give users "personal benefits" including a countdown timer for people who are self-isolating and alerts about the local level of the virus. The NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app for England and Wales launches today, September 24. The new system works in two parts - the first is for someone who tests positive for Covid-19 and the second is for their contacts. As soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, you should self-isolate for at least seven days. Anyone else in your household should self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. A test can be ordered online directly from the Coronavirus page of the NHS website. If your test is positive you must complete the remainder of your seven-day self-isolation. Anyone in your household should also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. If you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you within 24 hours. They will provide instructions on how to share details of people you have been in close, recent contact with and places you have visited. No, the only people who will need to be tested at the moment are those with symptoms. If you are informed that you have been in contact with someone and you don't have symptoms, you will need to self-isolate for the full 14 days. Should you develop symptoms in that time, that's when you need to apply for a test. Professor John Newton, National Coordinator of Test and Trace, said: "If you are a contact and you don't have symptoms there's very little value, so you have to do your 14-day isolation. "We would like to get the timing from symptom to the result to within 48 hours, which gives a day or so to identify the contacts and ask them to self-isolate." People who are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service are given clear information explaining what they must do and how they can access local support if needed. And the app will now not send any information to the NHS or the Government - people will only be given advice to self-isolate if they are at risk, or advised to get a test if they have symptoms. MORE ON CORONAVIRUS Breaking NOT APPY NHS Covid app finally launches - but does NOT work on older iPhones Live Blog VIRUS LATEST 2nd national lockdown coming & family visits could be BANNED, top experts warn FURLOUGH UPDATE What time is Rishi Sunak's furlough update and job plan announcement today? "The QR system is a free, easy and privacy preserving way to check-in customers to venues, and we encourage all businesses to get involved and download and display the official NHS QR code posters."