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NHS Covid-19 app launches

NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app launched today (September 24th).

The app is designed to make it easy for people to record visits to businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other places where people are likely to congregate for more than 15 minutes - such as universities, hospitals, leisure facilities civic centres and libraries.

The app offers a QR code check-in capability, allows users to book a free test and has an isolation countdown timer to remind people to quarantine. Businesses and other venues have been asked to display posters carrying the QR code specific to their venue, making check-in as easy as possible. For some businesses and venues this is a legal requirement.

The app uses Bluetooth technology to track time and distance between smartphone devices so can notify a user if they have been in proximity of a positive case. The NHS Test and Trace service will then contact users with public health advice.

The app will not hold any personal information about you or track your location. Check-in’s, contact tracing and local area alerts are all done entirely anonymously. 

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. Information about additional testing options in Cheshire can be accessed here

Download the app now from your app store or google play store or find out more on the NHS website