What is NHS COVID-19 App?
NHS COVID-19 is a contact tracing app for monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in England and Wales. It has been available since 24 September 2020 for Android and iOS smartphones and can be used by anyone aged 16 or over.
Its pilot test program began in May 2020. However, the development of the app was abandoned in favor of a new design using the Apple/Google Exposure Notification system. Scotland and Northern Ireland have launched separate contact tracing apps.
Some of the most innovative organizations in the world collaborated to build this app. We have worked with medical experts, privacy groups, at-risk communities and we’ve shared knowledge with the teams working on similar apps in many countries.
- Get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if think has it.
- Order repeat prescriptions – see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription.
- Search for, book and cancel appointments at GP surgery, and see details of upcoming and past appointments.
- Search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments.
- Securely access GP medical record, to see information like allergies and current and past medicines.
- Register your organ donation decision.
- Find out how the NHS uses data.
Features Of NHS COVID-19 App
- Trace: Find out when you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
- Alert: Lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
- Check-in: Use our simple QR code scanner to check-in to venues like bars and restaurants.
- Symptoms: Check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
- Test: Helps you order a test if you need to.
- Isolate: Keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.
Why choose the NHS COVID-19 app?
England and Wales to download the NHS covid-19 smartphone app as an additional way of tackling the spread of the virus. However, experts have questioned how useful it will be, given that the overall test and trace system is still struggling to meet the demand and to provide quick results.
The latest official data show that in the week up to 16 September the results of just 28% of swab tests were received within 24 hours, down from a third the week before. Only 77.7% of the close contacts of people transferred to NHS Track and Trace were reached (83.8% the previous week), and of these 74.7% were asked to self-isolate.
The app for England and Wales uses a smartphone’s Bluetooth technology to log the amount of time a person spends near other app users, records the distance between them, and alerts users when they have been close to people who later test positive for COVID-19.
The app will trigger advice to self-isolate if users have been in close contact with a confirmed case and also enables them to check symptoms.
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Frequently Asked Questions about NHS Covid 19 app
- How do I get the NHS COVID-19 app?
If you have an Apple phone, you can download the app from the Apple App Store. If you have an Android phone, you can download it from Google Play.
- Is the NHS COVID-19 app available for the whole of the UK?
The app is now available for anyone over the age of 16 who lives in England or Wales. Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, and Gibraltar have their own contact tracing apps.
- Will the NHS COVID-19 app work on all phones?
Both Android and Apple (iOS) phones support the app. The app currently supports Apple iOS versions 13.5 and higher, and Android version Marshmallow (v6.0) and higher.
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