How Aarogya Setu app works and how it helps fight against Covid

Aarogya Setu is a mobile application to inform people about the possible risk of Covid19 infection. Government of India launched Aarogya Setu Mobile App on April 02 to protect Indian citizens from the spread of coronavirus. The app uses a bluetooth based connection search method. It records the details of all the people you come across while going about your normal activities. The application will notify you if one of your contacts tests positive. The Aarogya Setu app also provides related medical advice and treatment related to the Covid19 pandemic.

Identifies hotspots

The Aarogya Setu app can also identify hotspots around your location. By testing the app’s self-assessment, correlating the symptoms you report with your location information, the app will be able to identify potential locations early. This will help to take necessary measures to control and reduce the spread of Covid19.

The app is available in 12 languages ​​and for Android, iOS and KaiOS. Once installed, users must turn on bluetooth and set location sharing to ‘Always’ to ensure that the app is able to extract all relevant information for social benefit.

How does it work?

The Aarogya Setu app on your phone detects other devices with the same app when they come within bluetooth proximity of your phone. When this happens, both phones securely exchange the digital signature of that interaction, including time, proximity, location and duration. This information is stored on all individuals’ resources. If anyone you’ve been in contact with in the past 14 days tests positive for the coronavirus, the app calculates your risk of infection based on your close contact with that person. The app then recommends an appropriate course of action.

The action appears on the home screen of the app. The app also provides convenient health interventions as and when needed.

The app also provides a list of ICMR approved laboratories with covid19 testing facility. It provides state-wise numbers of confirmed, recovered and deceased cases of COVID 19 in the country.

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