The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app is officially live in England and Wales after months of waiting – so how is it faring?
Of course, we at Digital Health have downloaded it and had a look at all it’s features. All you need is the first half of your postcode get started, then you don’t have to do anything else unless you’re checking into a venue using the QR check-in functionality.
The design is simple and easy to use, the symptom checker and check-in functions are clear, the locality risk indicator based on your postcode is really helpful if you’re concerns about cases in your area and, dare we say it, overall it’s quite sleek.
And if you’re worried about the Bluetooth draining your phone battery, you can turn contact-tracing off in your app and it will give you an option to set a reminder to turn in back on in 4, 8 or 12 hours – that way, if you’re home all day you don’t need to have your Bluetooth running.
As with all new digital solutions though, we will have to wait and see how many people download it and whether it causes any technical issues before we know if it is a success.
But you don’t just have to take our word for it, here’s what some of our readers had to say.
I’ve downloaded the @NHSCOVID19app and would urge everyone to do so. Good privacy controls and helpful to see local risk. Hoping this helps keep the R value down prevent a national lockdown.
— Simon Eccles (@NHSCCIO) September 24, 2020
The @NHSCOVID19app now live in England and Wales. Get downloading! Privacy central feature and will help each of us keep our loved ones safe. Links to download from Apple and Android 👇🏽 https://t.co/fxz6e9mgcA
— Dr Harpreet Sood (@hssood) September 24, 2020
There’s an ability at bottom of #NHSCOVID19app to turn off contact tracing. Useful for NHS staff at work where we might well (hopefully while wearing PPE) be in contact with someone who tests positive @NHSCCIO @SteveDunnCEO @Liz_ORiordan @NHSCOVID19app pic.twitter.com/XiGAA1GvaZ
— Dermot O'Riordan🇬🇧🇮🇪🇪🇺 (@dermotor) September 23, 2020
— Nick Hopkinson (@nickex5) September 24, 2020
If you do one thing today please download and activate the NHS Covid-19 app. We all have to do out but to protect each other. In addition to following the new way of life this will help you to protect yourself and your family @DigitalFHFT @FrimleyHealth https://t.co/nIFE2LORy3
— Kevin Percival RN 💙 (@kevin_percival) September 24, 2020
@NHSEngland COVID19 contact tracing app is here.
Please check this important guidance for health and care staff on when to pause the app where appropriate at work to avoid false positives.https://t.co/Syc7JS9q5Ahttps://t.co/ipcpD8GkAZ@nhsx #COVID19#ContactTracing @NHSX pic.twitter.com/i7KW3Zm9OC
— Darren McKenna (@DMckennaTweets) September 24, 2020
After a long, unnecessary saga, England/Wales launches a decentralised contact tracing app based on the DP-3T work led by @carmelatroncoso, following other regions of the UK.
On privacy and public health grounds, you should download and use it. https://t.co/UvPVALbnaZ
— Michael Veale (@mikarv) September 24, 2020
— Prof Jason Killens (@jasonkillens) September 24, 2020
We cannot afford a slew of false positives and self isolation among the NHS staff over winter!
— Marcus Baw (@marcus_baw) September 24, 2020