Coronavirus Tracking App “Aarogya Setu” Launched in India; How to Download, Features, and Functions

Aarogya Setu app

The Indian government has officially launched the coronavirus tracking app dubbed Aarogya Setu. The app makes use of the smartphone’s Bluetooth and location data to check if you have been near an infected person or not. The app does this by looking through a database of known cases of coronavirus in India. Based on the data, the app conveys your risk zone, be it high risk or low-risk. In case if you happen to be at high risk, the app advises you to go for a test at the nearby testing centre. The app prompts you to call 1075 to schedule an appointment for testing as well as displays the list of testing centres.

 Aarogya Setu App

Features of the Aarogya Setu App

Aarogya Setu is a Sanskrit word and translates to A bridge of health. In synonymous to its name, the app assesses the risk probability of contacting the coronavirus infection. The Aarogya Setu app does come packed with a bundle of features. They include: 

  • The Aarogya Setu app supports 11 regional languages
  • Chatbot that lets you check whether you have any coronavirus symptoms
  • Rolling updates from health ministry concerning the Covid-19 pandemic
  • List of helpline numbers for each state in India
  • Safety measures against the coronavirus disease
  • Covid-19 Do’s and Dont’s

How Does the Aarogya Setu App Function?

The Aarogya Setu app relies on the phone’s location data and Bluetooth to assess the risk probability of a person to the Covid-19 infection.

  • All the data is on the device in an encrypted form; the app reads the code and sends your data in an anonymized form to the server.
  • The app uses location data to determine the exact location of the person.
  • Through Bluetooth, the app lets you know, if you are within a 6-feet distance from the infected person.
  • Then it indicates the risk probability of you contacting the coronavirus infection.

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The app’s privacy policy does mention that it would not share any data with third-party users. The app does share your data with the government if you test positive for coronavirus or stay near the infected persons. Android users can download the app from Google Play. iOS users can download the app from the App Store.