Aarogya Setu is a mobile app developed by the Government of India to inform users regarding risks, best practices, and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of COVID-19. It is a single source for reliable information on COVID-19 status across India, precautions, and contact tracing – a critical step, to stop the spread of this epidemic.
The app is available on both Google Play (for Android phones) and Apple App Store (for ioS). It is available in 11 languages — 10 Indian languages and English.
Aarogya Setu 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 interaction with anyone who has tested positive.
After installing the app, you have to switch on Bluetooth (you are recommended to keep it on at all times) and Location. Then, set ‘Location Sharing’ to ‘Always’ (you can change this anytime later).
The data is shared only with the government. The app doesn’t allow your name and number to be publicly disclosed.
The steps required to use the app are as follows:
1. After you’ve opened the app, allow it to access your device’s location.
2. You’ll get an OTP, enter it and you are onboarded.
3. Choose your gender from the options given.
4. Enter your full name, then age, and then profession, as asked.
5. You’ll be asked about your foreign travel history.
Then, the app asks you whether or not you are ready to volunteer in times of need. Assuming you answer Yes, a 20-second assessment test starts.
After you have installed Aarogya Setu on your phone, it will detect other nearby smartphones that also have the app installed. It can then figure out the risk of infection based on sophisticated parameters if any of these contacts are tested positive.
You will be guided on how to self-isolate and what to do in case you develop symptoms.
To download app check here –
Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nic.goi.aarogyasetu&hl=en_US
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