The whole world is fighting a battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic and is heavily relying on technology. Government, healthcare organisations, not-for-profit organisations and private enterprises; everyone is using technology in some form in order to beat this “unknown enemy”. Hence, keeping in mind the gravity of the situation, several mobile apps have been launched to limit cases and assist people with managing their health and day-to-day requirements and other essential needs.
Some of these apps are mentioned as below:
This app has been developed by the Government of India which connects people with essential services. The app was launched on the 2nd of April 2020 and primarily relies on the location data which is generated through GPS and Bluetooth to trace the places users have visited. If you use this app you would have noticed it asks to keep your Bluetooth and GPS on all the time so that this app can track all places that were visited by the user. After crosschecking with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data and positive cases, the app also alerts the user if he or she is likely to come near an infected person.
The user who has downloaded the data app can also self-assess whether he or she has any symptoms related to COVID-19 and on the basis of that they can find out the nearest health facility around them. This mobile app has so far been downloaded by more than 10 million times and is being actively promoted by the Indian government.
2) COVID-19 Feedback
This app has been developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. This is a survey tool which collates information from the users about any treatment or test they may have undergone recently. Through this, the government is trying to identify the area which is affected the worst and the ways to enhance the facilities around that area.
The user has to provide some basic details such as name, address and place of work followed by recent medical history after downloading this app.
The idea behind designing this app was to engage the citizens directly in governance. When a user opens this app for the first time, they can go to COVID-19 section to find out the latest figures concerning the pandemic. Apart from helpline numbers and email addresses, they can also reach out to the authorities in the case of any emergency. This app also provides relevant information and advice regarding the novel coronavirus.
This app has been developed by India’s National Mapping Agency, Survey of India. The app will compliment AarogyaSetu to meet contact tracing, public awareness and self-assessment objectives. The main objective of this app was to help the government to improve its response system. It will work as a key tool in helping the community workers to carry out door to door service contact tracing, deliveries of essential items and focus on public awareness campaigns.
5) Test Yourself Goa
Test yourself Goa app is developed by the Ministry of Health, Government of Goa; in association with Innovaccer. Right now it is available only on Google play and not on the App Store. The user can diagnose COVID-19 symptoms after downloading this app. It was India’s first automated self-evaluation assessment to tackle the virus. This app asks for the basic user information which includes name, number, ZIP Code and residency status. Like the other apps, a survey follows. Then depending on the answer, it notifies the user whether they have symptoms of COVID 19 or not. It also advises on how to self-quarantine, social distancing, use of masks etc. This app also provides important contact numbers and a list of nearby health centres and doctors.
6) COVID-19 Quarantine Monitor- Tamil Nadu
This app was created by Tamil Nadu state government in partnership with a private player. Quarantine monitor ensures that citizens under home quarantine do not violate official guidelines. A person needs to have a Tamil Nadu registered mobile number to use this app. This app is meant specifically for the quarantined patients. Once it is installed, it enables the live location tracking of a user via GPS and generates alerts and information regarding COVID-19.