Residents of Nottinghamshire are being urged to download and use the NHS Covid-19 ‘Test and Trace’ app when it launches nationally on Thursday (24 September).
The app features six key features, which will help users and their community to reduce the risks posed by Coronavirus.
Using contact tracing, the app detects and logs other nearby app users. It also enables all users to ‘check in’ when they visit a venue by scanning a QR code displayed on posters at the entrance. Both features then inform the user via an alert if someone they have come in to contact with later tests positive for Coronavirus.
The app also allows people to report symptoms and order a coronavirus test, as well as helping the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.
In addition, the app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so enable local authorities to respond quickly to stop it spreading further and ultimately help save lives. It does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.
Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, said:
“To play your part in stopping the spread, I am asking everyone to download and use the new NHS Covid-19 app. Along with the Test and Trace Service it will play a major part in tracking and preventing the spread of Covid-19.
With coronavirus cases rising in the UK in the last few weeks it is essential everyone capitalise on the benefits the app can bring to help protect themselves and those around them.”
To download the NHS Covid-19 app, search for ‘NHSCovid-19’ in the App Store/Google Play Store on your phone from Thursday.
As ever, it remains crucial that if you have Covid symptoms, to get a test and self-isolate. Symptoms include a fever, a new continuous cough, or loss of your sense of taste or smell. Call 119 to book your free test or visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/