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.