What is Aarogya Setu App? Should You Download The App?

Aarogya Setu, A Collective Initiative to Fight Against Covid-19 in India
PM Modi has urged people to download the 'Aarogya Setu' mobile application.
Aarogya Setu, A Collective Initiative to Fight Against Covid-19 in India
PM Modi has urged people to download the ‘Aarogya Setu’ mobile application.

The deadly coronavirus has spread far and wide affected hundreds of countries. The Union and state governments in India are taking all essential steps to contain COVID-19. Towards the common cause of fighting novel coronavirus, Aarogya Setu is a mobile app developed by the Government of India to provide crucial health information regarding novel coronavirus to the countrymen.

How Aarogya Setu Fights COVID-19 in India

Aarogya Setu app create awareness

Seeing the susceptibility of the novel coronavirus, the Aarogaya Setu app will generate awareness and inform as well as alert people if they have crossed paths with someone who has tested COVID-19 positive. It tracks through a Bluetooth and location generated social graph and also your interaction with someone who has tested positive. Instructions accompany the app alerts on how to self-isolate and what to do in case you develop symptoms that may need help and support.

The app available in 11 languages

Aarogya Setu is accessible in 10 Indian languages, along with the English language, and it is available both on Android and iOS platforms. Credit should go to the Indian government for developing this app. Anyone can download this app on Google’s Play Store and Apple App Store.

Aarogya Setu traces the users’ movement. It is a self-assessment tool. The user of this app will have to answer several questions. If some answers suggest the symptoms of coronavirus, then the app sends all the essential data to the government server, which helps the government to take timely action and start the isolation process, if required. The app instructs how to self-isolate and what steps should be taken if anyone develops symptoms.

Aarogya Setu provides safety tips

The app will also suggest you go for a test if you have crossed by or live in a high-risk region. You will be directed to call on 1075 (a toll-free number) to fix an appointment close to your testing centre. Besides, the chatbot on the app answers to your queries and shares various tips to get away from the deadly COVID-19.

More than 10 million users

The app has been getting lots of popularity. So far, more than 10 million people have downloaded it on the Android platform alone. Third-party users will not share the information regarding a man’s name number. It has been shared only with the government.

How to install or use the Aarogya Setu:

  • The app is very easy to install. It doesn’t take time. Once, you have installed the app, you will receive an OTP, enter the number and you are on.
  • After the installation of the app, it will access your device’s location, and ask you to switch on your Bluetooth.
  • You must mention your gender in the given options.
  • Enter your necessary information like name, age and profession as mentioned.
  • Your overseas travel history will be asked in the last 30-day.
  • You must answer candidly. If you have any foreign travel history, it will be matched with those who were tested positive with the help of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) database.

After all the procedure, the app will ask a question are you ready to work as a volunteer in the time of crisis or not. If you say yes, then an assessment test of 20 seconds will be taken.

After the installation of Aarogya Setu app, it will track other nearby smartphones that have installed this application. The tracking is being done with the help of a Bluetooth and location-generated social graph, which will show your contact with the tested positive persons.

Meanwhile, the government has been planning to expand the Aarogya Setu application to feature phones as well and increase its trustworthiness as well.

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