An app by the NHS designed for contact-tracing of COVID-19 infection has told about 1.8 m to isolate. The importance of this app in combating COVID-19 has been questioned.
Covid-19 app told millions to isolate
In what is referred to as a good technology solution, the NHS coronavirus app has suggested that about 1.8 English and Welsh to self-isolate. This was disclosed by the health minister of both countries, and they believed that this app has prevented about half a million of Covid-19.
The data showed, also indicates that 17.2 million individuals are still using the app for contact-tracing. The statistics are 25% below what the government expected from its citizens. This decline in figures maybe because people Uninstalled the app or turned-off its contact-tracing features.
Each mobile device connected to the app sends a signal in the form of a 'beat' to the Amazon server which automatically gives the desired results. Though the total figures for download have improved from 21 million to 22.3 million in 2021. These figures are just released since the app was developed last September.
Many English countries have their versions of this app
Other countries like Gibraltar, Scotland, and Northern Ireland possess their distinct version of this app. The chief of the NHS trace and testing Bureau has been pressured along to give an accurate figure on the results of the app usage. This is to determine how beneficial this app is in combating the coronavirus.
The bureau has called on many to download the app and embrace technology to enable them to get more data on the coronavirus. Although, the app isn't supposed to replace the normal COVID-19 protocols of face masks and sanitizers.
Some people have said that they don't believe the results shown in the app are genuine. They feel downloading the app is a wastage of space and the government should focus more on vaccine administration.