What is Aarogya Setu App and how it works? All you need to know
“Before starting for office, they must review their status on ‘Aarogya Setu’ and commute only when the app shows ‘safe’ or ‘low risk’ status,” the government said in its report.
“The officers and staff are advised that in case the app shows a message that he/she has ‘moderate’ or ‘high-risk’, calculated on the basis of Bluetooth proximity (“recent contact with infected person”), he/she should not come to office and self-isolate for 14 days or till the status becomes ‘safe’ or ‘low-risk’,” it added.
The Aarogya Setu app has been developed by the government and it helps people to assess themselves on the risk of them contracting the coronavirus infection.
For this the people would need to provide their details and register to it. The data provided by the user is said to be encrypted and is sent to the government’s server anonymously.
Since there is no cure for the COVID-19 disease, the only way to keep ourselves protected is by following social distancing and washing hands. Additionally, governments can implement robust contact tracing systems to avoid more people getting infected by the virus. ‘Arogya Setu’ is an app built for this very reason for Indians. The application is yet to be a month old but the government is already planning to force new smartphone buyers to register.
The Arogya Setu app is available on both Android and iOS. However, there are still a vast majority of Indians with feature phones. The country is still looking into ways to enable contact tracing for those set of citizens.
Before that, the Indian government is planning to force smartphone makers to pre-install the app on their devices. Additionally, it is planning to appoint nodal agencies that will be working together with smartphone companies to implement the setup process of new phones with a non-skippable registration process for Arogya Setu app.
However, it is not known how and when it will be carried out. Because India is yet under lockdown and smartphone manufacturing facilities are still shut down. If the plan gets formalized, we can expect the process to begin as soon as the facilities reopen.
‘Arogya Setu’ has had a remarkable positive response ever since its release. It is reported to have crossed 7.5 crores (75 million) downloads, out of which, 5 crores+ (50 million) alone is from the Google Play Store. The app uses location and Bluetooth data to track the people affected by the coronavirus.
It has a record of documented COVID-19 patients as well as location history of registered users. By using the app, healthy individuals can avoid crossing paths with the affected persons. It also has sections to self-assess symptoms, issue e-Pass, monitor the status of cases, and more.
How to use Rogya Setu App
– Register the phone number to use the Arogya Setu app. On entering the phone number, an OTP will come, which is registered in the app upon entering.
– After this, the app asks you for Bluetooth and GPS access.
– On opening the app, personal details are asked, about gender, name, age, occupation and travel history of the last 30 days. You can also skip this option if you want.
– After this you can also choose the language of the app
If you want, you can register yourself as a volunteer in this time of need and crisis.
The Arogya Setu app uses a social graph which shows the low and high risk category. This social graph is based on location details. Whenever you come in low or high-risk category, it alerts you. On arrival in high-risk category, the app will notify you to go to the test center.