To “complement” the Arogya Setu App, a government endorsed application that helps trace the contacts of those who may have been infected by COVID-19, the Survey of India (SoI). The country’s apex map maker has made public a trove of maps.
“The platform is primarily expected to strengthen the public health delivery system of the State and Central governments and subsequently provide the required geospatial information support to citizens and agencies dealing with the challenges related to health, socio-economic distress, and livelihood challenges,” the Department of Science and Technology, which oversees the SoI, said in a press release. “The mobile application has been customized to collect COVID-19 detailed geospatial datasets through community engagement to augment the response activities by government to the pandemic.”
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi urged Indians to make use of the Arogya Setu application and “encourage others to download the app as well”. To be effectual, it requires users to keep their device’s Bluetooth and location history ‘on’ as much as feasible. Users will be alerted, without disclosing identity, if they are in the surrounding area of someone who’s tested positive. It also helps the government trace contacts of those infected to carry out quarantining.
How to use Aarogya Setu app and find out if you have coronavirus symptoms
The app is available on both Google Play and Apple App Store. It is available in 11 languages. It is designed to keep a user informed in case s/he has crossed paths with someone who has tested positive. The tracking is done through a Bluetooth & location-generated social graph, which can show your contact with anyone who has tested positive
Founder Of Aarogya Setu
Aarogya Setu, a mobile app developed by the ministry of electronics and IT to help citizens recognize their risk of contracting Covid-19 corona virus, has notched up more than 10 million downloads since its launch five days ago.
The app is there on both Google Play for Android phones and Apple App Store. It is available in 11 languages — 10 Indian languages and English.
How Tracking Works
The tracking is done through a Bluetooth & location-generated social graph, which can show your contact with anyone who has tested positive.
After installing the app, you have to switch on Bluetooth also you are recommended to keep it on at all times and Location. Then, set ‘location sharing’ to ‘always’ you can change this anytime later on.
It has a tool for self-testing. The user is asked to answer a number of questions. In case some of the answers put forward Covid symptoms, the information will be sent to a government server. The data will then help the government take timely steps and set off the isolation procedure, if required.
You will be alerted if someone you came in close proximity with, unknowingly, tests positive. The app alerts are accompanied by directions on how to self-isolate and what to do in case you build up symptoms.
The data is shared no more than with the government. The app doesn’t allow your name and number to be openly disclosed.
Answers you need to give are as follows:
Enter your full name, then age, and then occupation, as asked.
You’ll be asked about your foreign travel record in last 30 days. Give the proper answer. Your foreign travel history, if any, will be matched with that of those who’ve tested positive, with the help of ICMR database.
Then, the app asks you whether or not you are ready to volunteer in the times of need. Assuming you answer Yes, a 20-second assessment test starts.
After you have installed Aarogya Setu in your phone, it will detect other nearby smart phones that also have the same app installed. It can then figure out the risk of virus based on sophisticated parameters if any of these contacts is tested positive.
The basis of this calculation — which is done using Bluetooth, algorithms and artificial intelligence — is the smart phone user’s interaction with others.
Prime Minister Modi, in his latest address to the nation, called for the extension of the countrywide lockdown till May 03.
Considering the rise in cases, the declaration of the lockdown extension is in good measure. Apart from this, another thing the Prime Minister asked citizens to make use of is the ‘Aarogya Setu’ app, which has been developed by the government to deal with the continuing coronavirus crisis.
Within days of its commence, the healthcare app garnered over 5,00,000 downloads on devices.
How to use Aarogya Setu App?
2- Select a language of yours.
3- Switch on Bluetooth and Location from settings of your mobile.
4- Set location sharing to “Always” from your mobile’s settings.
5- You will now be asked to register. So, click on the ‘Register’
6- Click on ‘I Agree’ button then.
7- You will now be asked for your mobile number for app.
8- Enter the mobile number and then the OTP received.
9- Now you can access the app. Take self-assessment test, read the guiding principle, determine the risk factor and more.