As the novel coronavirus outbreak makes headway among the world, reaching 1 million worldwide cases as of 3rd April, 2020, governments around the world are stepping up their game to tackle this deadly disease. With so many prevention tips and fake cures all over the internet, giving away credible information is what governments are focusing on. In this environment, the Indian government has come up with something really innovative. They have launched a really innovative coronavirus tracking application, known by the name of Aarogya Setu. It is available in both iOS and Android platforms.
App Aims to Provide True Information to Users
According to the information on the official page of the app, the main aim of the app is to “connect essential health services”. The Government of India have specially launched this app to fight against the deadly novel coronavirus. It mainly aims at “augmenting the initiatives of the Government of India” so as in “proactively reaching out to and informing the users of the app regarding the risks, best practices and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of COVID-19.” It seems to be an amazing effort by the Government of India in the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.
App Helps People See If They Came in Contact with COVID Infected Patients
One of the best features of this app is its ‘coronavirus-infected person’ tracking ability. The app helps its users find out if they came in contact with a coronavirus infected patient or not. Unknowingly or knowingly, one may come in contact with an infected patient, which makes this app really useful. The National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Technology have developed this application. It needs to be noted that the application uses the database of the government of the infected coronavirus patients to identify whether one has come in close proximity of an infected patient.
Multiple Language Support and Utmost ‘Privacy’ Promised even Amid novel Coronavirus Outbreak
Privacy has always been a big concern for everyone, novel coronavirus outbreak or not. To ensure utmost privacy, the app has made providing personal details and other credentials totally optional. What it means is that the app works perfectly even if one doesn’t provide their personal information. In light of the recent data breaches all over the world, this seems to be a good step. The government also promises that there is no third-party deal under which they would be selling any of the information of any app user. They also promise ‘encryption security’ of the data that any user enters in the app. In other words, the app has made privacy of the user its utmost concern.
Not only that, the app also takes into account India’s diversity and carefully accommodates it. The application is available in 11 different Indian languages. Three such supported languages are Hindi, English and Urdu. For functioning, the app requires location access and Bluetooth to identify whether one came in contact with an infected person.
Amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak, many governments around the world have released applications that are meant to help the people fight against the China originated disease. In that regard, this app may come in handy to stop the fake news regarding coronavirus.