How to use Aarogya Setu app

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown till 14th April and during the period, people are requested to stay home and practice social distancing. This is announced in order to protect the health of the people in the country and to ensure complete safety and protection.

The virus has affected over a million patients and one lakh plus deaths all over the world. In India, it has caused a major lockdown, Considering this crisis, the Government of India has taken an initiative and launched a mobile app called Aarogya Setu.

Aarogya Setu, a mobile app developed by the ministry of electronics and IT to help citizens identify their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus

Aarogya Setu is designed to keep an 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).

It has a tool for self-testing. The user is asked to answer a number of questions. In case some of the answers suggest Covid symptoms, the information will be sent to a government server. The data will then help the government take timely steps and initiate the isolation procedure , if necessary.

You will be alerted if someone you came in close proximity with, unknowingly, tests positive. The app alerts are accompanied by instructions on how to self-isolate and what to do in case you develop symptoms.

The data is shared only with the govt. 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 run the app, allow it to access your device's location, as prompted.

2. You'll get an OTP, enter it and you are on.

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 in last 30 days. Give the appropriate answer. Your foreign travel history, if any, will be matched with that of those who'v ..tested positive, with the help of ICMR database.

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Courtesy - economictimes