COVID-19 TRACKING APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE TO NORTHERN IRELAND – TRACE COVID19 PATIENT – NEWSHOUR
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The app automatically communicates with anyone at risk of COVID-19 infection.
Northern Ireland has become the first part of the UK to launch a coronavirus tracking app.
It has a few logical details of those who get symptoms of the virus.
The application will continue once the phone-based tracking system is in place and will identify those at risk of infection.
It has been downloaded for download from Apple’s App Store and Google Play for android cell phones.
StopCOVID NI (Application) will be officially launched on Friday but will be available for download on Thursday afternoon.
Within an hour of its release, hundreds of people had downloaded it to their cell phones.
Northern Ireland’s Minister of Health, Robin Swann, said that when more people download the app, it uses the tool effectively in response to local coronavirus.
“This can be the most important thing you do all year round,” he said.
“It can prevent you from spreading the virus to the people you care about.”
How does this work?
After a good Covid-19 test result, one will receive a unique code via text message.
That message will invite the person to enter the code when using the app.
Encoding will create a “Bluetooth handwake”, allowing the app to notify another user who is close enough to be at risk of infection.
“There will be people who will be able to use or don’t want to use the app, and that’s fine,” said Dan West, digital information officer at the NI Department of Health.
“The more people use it, the more it protects the community. We can say for sure.”
The application is intended for people over the age of 18 initially due to a conflict between data protection laws and the need for a secure protection permit.
The Health and Social Services Board meets with the children’s commission, the office of the information commissioner and the Child Law Institutions to find out.
There is a lot of talk about the importance of getting tracking apps to work across borders – but among them Northern Ireland and the Republic have done it, the world first.
Their apps, developed by the same engineer, were designed to be compatible but most importantly it was an agreement to share the details of people who tested positive.
What we don’t know yet is whether the app will work – for now. There is not enough evidence from around the world to show that a technological approach to communication is effective.
However, the NHS in England, who are abandoning their initial modeling process used by StopCOVID NI, will be monitoring developments in Northern Ireland.
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Includes people who have a positive test result over the phone.
People who were within 2m of 15 minutes or more are called and advised to isolate or tested if they have symptoms.
The app is an addition to that, to help with tracking, and to raise awareness of those who may be vulnerable.