COVID-19 tracing apps all over the world are one of the mitigation measures government applies to curb Coronavirus cases. Some are not impressed with this technology. But it turns out, in Scotland, this is the reason why over 100 people are now self-isolating in their houses. Do you know how to practice self-isolation properly?
Scotland discovers possible next COVID-19 victims
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The COVID Tracker Ireland app used for contact tracing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is displayed on a mobile phone, as it is held up for an illustration photograph in Galway, Ireland, July 30, 2020. Picture taken July 30, 2020.
More than 100 people in Scotland were recently alarmed with their smartphones to self-isolate through the COVID-19 tracing app of the government, as reported via BBC.
Through an app called 'Protect Scotland,' all of them were notified through phones to practice isolation in their own homes. This means that those people have been in close contact with other people that have positive COVID-19.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said via an announcement that at least one million people have already downloaded the app since its first launched.
"One million is already a big enough number for us to know that the app can make a difference, and I can advise that more than 100 people have been advised to isolate as a result of using it," said her.Thanks a MILLION everyone
Please keep spreading the word - the more of us who download https://t.co/KoVcynjinI the more effective our fight against COVID. pic.twitter.com/z2zuMuTK8o — Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) September 17, 2020
So far, the minister advises all citizens in Scotland to install the app in order to do the health tracking system of the government.
How does the app work?
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People queue outside a test centre to take a coronavirus test amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bolton, Britain, September 17, 2020.
As reported via Tech Times, contact-tracing apps have their different function depending on the country where you're from.
In Scotland, the process starts with the bluetooth technology associated with the app. This allows the app to open its radar on individuals that had close interaction with another person.
Once you agree with all its terms, the app will issue a unique code to each app owner. It lets the app access your phone without taking any private or personal info such as name, addresses, or contact numbers.
If you had any interaction with a COVID positive, the app will send you a warning telling you to need to practice self-isolation. This will further curb the virus's spread, since it will mitigate the future possibility that you may contract virus.
Countries like Japan, Italy, Australia, and Canada have already implemented their version of the tracing app. In the United States, different states also introduced their own apps.
Written by Jamie Pancho
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