COVID Tracker App now available to download
The HSE has created a free smartphone app to help improve contact tracing for COVID-19. The app will make contact tracing faster and more accurate, reducing the spread of coronavirus.
Over 1,000,000 people have already downloaded the app.
If you use the app, you can:
- get an alert if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19
- alert others if you test positive for coronavirus – this will help keep other people safe
- track your symptoms and get advice on what to do if you’re sick
- get regular updates, and protect yourself and others as we learn to live with COVID-19
How it works:
The app is part of the HSE contact tracing operation. It uses Bluetooth and anonymous IDs to log:
- any phone you are in close contact with that also has the app
- the distance between your phone and another app users’ phone
- the length of time your phone is near another app users’ phone
- Every 2 hours the app downloads a list of anonymous IDs. These have been shared with the HSE by other people using the app who have tested positive for coronavirus.
- If you have been closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes with any of these phones, you’ll get an alert that you are a close contact.
- The app does this work in the background. This means you can use your phone as normal.
The app protects your privacy and you keep control of your information. It exchanges secure, anonymous records via Bluetooth when people using it are in close contact with each other. It will never identify you to other app users and you cannot access each other’s information. You can find an information leaflet with more detail here.
The COVID tracker app will help to track and stop the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to re-open services and communities. It goes hand in hand with the other important steps we can all take. Everyone should continue to wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, keep our 2m distance and use face coverings when we can’t.
The more people who download and use the app, the more it will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The COVID Tracker app is available on www.covidtracker.ie, or in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store now.
As you are aware there is much concern about the rapidly changing situation in relation to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Age Friendly Ireland is receiving queries for guidance in relation to meetings, group gatherings, events and initiatives and also in terms of contingency planning. Age Friendly Ireland is keeping abreast of information being released by HSE and Department of Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan. All up to date information is on the HSE website at the following link https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.htm
The Department of Health Communications Team published the following very comprehensive and useful updated information https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ea1c30-updated-measures-in-response-to-covid-19-coronavirus/
Older people concerned about COVID-19, can contact Seniorline where they will receive the most up to date guidance as recommended by Government sources.
Seniorline is open from 10am to 10pm everyday, call Freephone 1800804591