NHS Covid-19 app now available in Hull

Thu, 24/09/2020 - 07:45
People in Hull can now download the NHS COVID-19 app following a nationwide launch. The app is designed to limit the spread of Coronavirus and make it easier to find and alert those an infected person has been in contact with. Part of NHS Test and Trace, the app has been trialled in the London Borough of Newham, the Isle of Wight and by NHS Volunteer Responders.

Key functions of the app are:

Alert: when users first download the app they will be asked to input the first half of their postcode. This allows them to see the level of risk associated with their area, to help them decide how to manage their interactions

Symptom checker: if people feel unwell they can use the symptom checker to see if symptoms could be related to coronavirus

Test: If, based on information from the symptom checker, it appears a user may have coronavirus, they will be taken to a website where they could book a test at one of Hull’s test centres

Trace:  the app uses low level Bluetooth technology to keep a log of how long users are at close proximity to each other (which is measured based on the strength of the signal). If a person who presented symptoms comes back with a positive test – the app will ask their permission to notify other phones who have been identified as being at close proximity to theirs. Those users will then receive an anonymised exposure alert with advice on what to do next. The app does not have access to phone contacts or any other personal information held on users’ phones. This includes names, contacts, email addresses or phone numbers

Check-in: users can record a visit to a venue by ‘checking-in’ on arrival, using the venue’s QR code which should be displayed at the entrance

Isolate: if a user tests positive, they will be given advice on next steps and guidance on self-isolation timelines

Those who developed the app have reassured users that the app is designed to the highest standards of data privacy and data security. It does not collect personal information, uses low-energy Bluetooth (not GPS), and only requires the first half of your postcode. 

Find more information, including FAQS online: www.covid19.nhs.uk