NHS (COVID 19) App
The NHS COVID 19 App has 6 key features that will help to reduce personal and public risk:
Trace – alerts the individual if they were in close contact with a confirmed case
Alert – provides the individual with the risk level associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) in their local area, based on the postcode district they enter
Check in – allows the individual to check in to locations via the app and official NHS QR codes
Symptoms – allows the individual to check symptoms against government guidance and to get advice
Test – allows the individual to order a free test and to receive results and advice via the app
Isolate – provides an isolation ‘companion’, which counts down how many days they have left to isolate and provides links to useful advice
Bluetooth needs to be enabled on the phone as the app uses Bluetooth low energy to anonymously assess the distance, over time, between people who have downloaded it.
If an individual with the app tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), the app will ask them to allow those that they have been in contact with to be alerted. The app will then alert relevant individuals if they have been in close contact with a positive case. ‘Close contact’ is based on a piece of software, but generally means you’ve been within 2 metres of someone for 15 minutes or more. Individuals are not informed who the positive case is.
If you have a mobile phone that is less than 5 years old you should be able to easily download the app, on iPhones this will be via Apps Store and for Android Phones Play Store. Because it uses Bluetooth it won’t affect your battery life or use any of your monthly data allowance.