Aarogya Setu App: How It Fights COVID-19 and How To Download It
Updated On Jun 26, 2020
Launched on 2nd April 2020, Aarogya Setu App is an initiative taken by the Indian Government to prevent people from the wrath of coronavirus.
Developed by the National Informatics Center (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Aarogya Setu App is a COVID-19 tracking mobile application designed to spread coronavirus awareness and connect essential health services with the people of India. It enables you to self-identify your risk of coronavirus and monitor your health assessment.
Efficient in tracking COVID-19 patients across the country, the application allows you to check whether you have been in contact with Coronavirus infected people. This state-of-the-art app is known to make calculations based on interactions with others, GPS location, Bluetooth technology, the algorithm as well as artificial intelligence.
Having said that, let’s take a look at what Aarogya Setu App is all about.
Why downloading Aarogya Setu App is Beneficial?
The app provides information about coronavirus
Helps you in identifying coronavirus symptoms
Aids you in self-identifying COVID-19 risk
Alerts you about the best safety precautions
Provides relevant information concerning the spread of COVID-19
Alerts you about your proximity to a nearby infection case
Alerts you instructions on how to self-isolate and what to do if you develop COVID-19 symptoms
Alerts you about hotspots, so you can change your route. In case, you are in a high-risk area, the app advises you to go for a test, call the toll-free number 1075 in order to schedule an appointment at the nearby testing centre
Recommends multiple measures like Self Assessment Test, Social Distancing, Do's and Don'ts, amid COVID-19
Apart from informing about precautionary coronavirus measures, the app also informs you how to maintain social distancing in the time of the coronavirus global pandemic
It allows its usage as an e-pass facilitating travel from one place to another
Helps you find the helpline numbers for each state in India
Empowers you to get real-time tweets by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India
Prime Features of Aarogya Setu App
- Comes with a tool for self-testing
- Specifically designed to take a high workload
- First official coronavirus tracking app in India
- Shares information only with the government
- Name and number is not disclosed to any third party
- Uses smartphone's features like GPS and Bluetooth
- In-built with government’s database of known cases
- Available on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store
- Available in 11 languages (English, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Oriya) at present
- One of many location-based surveillance apps launched by governments worldwide for COVID-19
How to Download Aarogya Setu App?
- Install the app
- Switch on Bluetooth and Location
- Set the location sharing to 'Always'.
- After installation, the app will ask for the desired language
- Register your mobile number and provide necessary details like name, age, profession, health status, and international travel
- The app will ask if you belong to any one of the exempted categories of professionals
- The app will ask you if you will be willing to help in times of need
- Start using the app
How Aarogya Setu App Works?
Once the Aarogya Setu App is installed and you enter all the basic details required, you will come across a self-assessment test.
The application will ask you about your current health and whether you are showcasing any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
If you are a doctor, the app will ask if you were exposed to COVID-19 patients within 6-feet proximity.
In case, you are not showcasing any signs like cough, fever or trouble breathing etc., you will be put in Green Zone.
In some of your answers suggest coronavirus symptoms, the information will be sent to a government server anonymously after being encrypted. In this case, the app will suggest you to isolate and take the necessary coronavirus precautions.
Whenever you visit a crowded place, Aarogya Setu App regularly sends messages from nearby mobile phones through Bluetooth.
In case, two smartphones with installed come in each other’s Bluetooth range, the app will exchange information.
If you stand near someone who is also normal, it shows a green zone. However, if the other person becomes corona positive after 10 days, this app sends an immediate alert to the user.
If one of the two users is positive, the other person is alerted about the possibility of being infected. Potential cases like such are then notified to the government for further testing.
With more than 10 million downloads across the country, Aarogya Setu App is gaining popularity with each passing day.
A boon in the time of coronavirus disease spread, Aarogya Setu App is definitely a significant step taken by the Indian Government towards curbing the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Even if you are staying alert and following all possible measures to keep yourself safe, download the Aarogya Setu App to leave no stone unturned in ensuring the safety of your health.
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