The rising number of cases of coronavirus has become a major concern for individuals in India and around the world. Now the Indian government formally released Aarogya Setu, the COVID-19 monitoring device for Android and iOS users.
Aarogya Setu, which translates from Sanskrit into ‘a health bridge.’ The app was established under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, by the National Informatics Centre. This software is available in 11 Indian languages, English and Hindi included.
According to the application summary, it seeks to “increase” efforts to “proactively” educate people about “best practices and applicable COVID-19 containment advisories” and the nature of the application ensures “privacy-first.” “The personal data that the app gathers are encrypted using state-of – the-art technology and remain safe on the phone until it is needed to enable medical intervention.
The app uses the location data of smartphones, and Bluetooth to see if a user was near to a person infected with Covid-19. In case someone has been in touch with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus, the app will share user data with the government.
How to use Aarogya Setu?
- When you have downloaded the Aarogya Setu app, open the app on your Android or iOS computer.
- Choose the language you want from 11 language choices.
- You have to go past a few screens which give you an idea of the app.
- Following this, give the app permissions for system location, Bluetooth and data sharing and click I Agree. Don’t forget to toggle your Smartphone’s Bluetooth on.
- Type your mobile number in 10 digits and check with the obtained OTP.
- Fill in your personal information, such as gender, full name, age, occupation, history of travel, and then click the Submit button.
If you’re marked with a text saying ‘You’re Free’ in Green then there’s nothing to worry about. To avoid infection you need to follow guidelines such as social distancing and remaining at home.
According to the latest report on India the total number of cases in India has reached 3494, and by Saturday 4 April the death toll has reached 91.