how to use of Aarogya Setu app coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu

how to use of Aarogya Setu app coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu

As the Government of India announced a second phase of lockdown till May 3, it is also putting in place a graded system for relaxation in some safe areas. To further this goal, the government is encouraging citizens to download and use its location-based mobile application Aarogya Setu. Going forward, the plan is to use it as an e-pass for people to move around the city freely if the users’ app shows green colour with “you are safe” message on the screen. This is much on the lines of how the Chinese government used a color-coded smartphone app to check movement of citizens. This new feature is under development and will soon be introduced.
Arogya Setu is a COVID-19 contact tracing app developed by the Ministry of Electronics and IT. It detects and tracks the user’s movement with the help of GPS and Bluetooth sensors and sends out a notification if they come in contact with infected people by using its database and algorithms. Users have to enter personal information while registering on the app and the data will be shared only with the Government of India and does not include third parties as mentioned in the app’s privacy policy.
“Aarogya Setu Mobile App is an important weapon in the fight against COVID-19. It is critical because if someone is tested positive, people who came in contact with them can be identified,” Prof. K. VijayaRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India, had told India Today TV in an interview. He highlighted that in times to come the government is mulling using this app as an e-pass to facilitate travel from one place to

So how does the app work?

The Aarogya Setu app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. On opening the app, it asks for permission to access the Bluetooth and location of the mobile phone. The app works only when registered with a mobile number and verified via an OTP. An optional form is also shown which asks for personal details such as name, age, occupation, and foreign travel history in last 30 days.
There is a ‘Self-Assessment Test’ feature on the Arogya Setu App. In this, some questions related to the health and symptoms of the user are also asked. Based on the answers, the app shows the risk level in green and yellow colour code. If it is a  green colour code and the text says ‘you are safe’ then there is no risk. If it shows a   yellow colour code displayed with the text, ‘You are at high risk’ then you should contact the helpline. The app also suggests action items for stopping the spread of the coronavirus, such as social distancing, hygiene and staying at home precautions.
While right now, the app really doesn’t seem to be of much use, it is only when its use is made mandatory and everyone is using it is when the BlueTooth and location feature of the app will kick into action. As more and more people use it and enter their details, the app can warn users if they are coming in close proximity of a COVID infected person or even someone who has come in contact with a COVID patient. Once lockdown restrictions go and movement is allowed, it can also warn citizens, if one is entering a high-risk zone.
Since its launch, it has seen over 50 million downloads and has largely received positive reviews on Google Play Store. In fact, it has become No.1 free app in the Indian mobile application market.

AAROGYA SETU?

Aarogya Setu is a mobile application developed by the government of India, intending to connect essential health services with the people of India. To be specific, it is produced by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
This application is an aid to our fight against COVID 2019. The app empowers the users by giving them the necessary details and assessments regarding coronavirus. AAROGYA SETU is a tracking application that uses mobile phones, Bluetooth, and GPS tracking features to track and detect the coronavirus. It is available for both the android and IOS mobile operating systems.
The user is asked to fill in a health and other information about traveling after signing into the application. The aarogya setu app uses Bluetooth technology and tries to determine the risk of coronavirus by analyzing if someone is near a COVID infected person within a range of 6 feet distance. This detection is done by scanning the database of known cases across India. Then it compares the location of COVID infection cases with the user based on the data available.
Aarogya setu is an updated version of Corona kavach, which has been discontinued now. The corona kavach was also developed by the government of India. 
Arogya setu became so much popular in such a short time, and it crossed 5 million downloads within the first three days of its launch. 

Some of the highlights of the application are

  • Details regarding the initiatives taken by the government of India against fighting coronavirus
  • Risks, safety measures to take by the Department of health
  • Tracking and tracing infected people
  • Self-assessment tools 

Some more details about the application

  • Released on one April 2020
  • Offered by NIC Nov Mobile Apps
  • Download size 2.9 MB
  • Available in 11 languages
    • English
    • Hindi
    • Telugu
    • Kannada
    • Malayalam
    • Tamil
    • Punjabi
    • Bengali
    • Oriya
    • Gujrati
    • Marathi 
  • Privacy of customers kept in mind
  • Data shared id encrypted and secure
  • Permission needed 
    • Location
    • Run foreground service
    • Run at startup
    • Have full network access
    • View network connections
    • Prevent phone from sleeping
    • Play install referrer API
    • Pair with Bluetooth devices
    • Receive data from the internet
  • Built-in Application Programming Interface so that other computer programs, mobile applications, and web services can make use of the features and data available by the aarogya setu application. 

WHY AAROGYA SETU?

  • Protect yourself and the community from COVID-19
  • Precision tracking of the spread of COVID-19
  • Access curated relevant advisory
  • Self-assessment test for infection mitigation
  • Help and support at hand
The government of India requests every citizen of India to download the aarogya setu app And states that downloading this application is a step forward to protecting ourselves and our family and loved ones.
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