COVID-19 has created havoc all over the world. Countries like America and Italy, with healthcare infrastructure far  superior than India’s, are facing the severe wrath of the disease. India, however, has avoided a massive surge in cases thanks to some proactive measures. The Aarogya Setu app is one such step taken by the government.

Here is all you need to know about this app.

What is Aarogya Setu App?

Aarogya Setu is an app launched by the Central government. The App had 10 Million downloads within four days of its launch. It supports 11 Indian languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and English. It helps people to do self-analysis by answering simple questions regarding their symptoms. As per its Google play description, the app is aimed at augmenting the initiatives of the government of India, particularly the Department of Health, in proactively reaching out to and informing the users regarding risks, best practices and relevant advisories. It is also available on the apple store.

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How does it work?

The app works by using the location and the Bluetooth functions of the device. As soon as you download the app, you get to choose your preferred language. The app is built to inform people if they had crossed paths with someone who has tested COVID-19 positive. Hence, the need to turn the location on. The app also gives instructions on how to self-isolate and what to do in case you develop symptoms.

Number of people tested positive near you

Once you register for the app, with your mobile number and an OTP, the app asks you to take a self-assessment. The home screen also gives a lot of information such as the number of people tested COVID-19 positive, number of Aarogya Setu users, the number of people who have taken the self-assessment test and the number of people who self-assessed ‘unwell’ within your 500m, 1km, 2km, 5 km, and 10 km radius.

COVID updates and E-pass

The app also gives state-wise and country-wise updates on the number of Coronavirus cases recorded. The number of people recovered, the number of deaths and the number of people who have recovered. The app also shows has a link to E Pass.

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PM cares fund and Helpline

One can also donate and contribute towards the PM cares through the app. The app also gives a helpline number.

What people have got to say?

A lot of people on the reviews have stated their concern about having to give personal information to use the app.

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Ayushi Aggarwal is an intern at SheThePeople.TV

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