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Aarogya Setu App was launched by the Indian Government for disseminating essential information about novel coronavirus as well as to assess whether we are at risk of catching the infection or not. It makes us realize that each one of us has the potential to make a grand change and prevent the spread of infection.
As a socially proactive citizen of India, I decided to download the mobile app to collaborate with the government in making a healthy and secure India.
It’s amazing to see how this app is available in 12 languages. Moreover, it is a great approach to make Aarogya Setu App more accessible and appealing to the masses.
According to government, this app is really very safe to use. The data provided by you is kept confidential and hence your privacy is not compromised at all. You need to agree to various terms and conditions of the app to maximize the purpose and utility of the app.
On the contrary, many experts claim that Aarogya Setu App is mainly a surveillance app and poses many privacy issues. The app collects too much information on registration and none of this data is required for contact tracing.
Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog addressed this issue in an interview televised on Aaj Tak and shared on the official Twitter handle of Niti Aayog that the app’s data will not be used by the Indian government for any purposes other than tracking COVID-19 or medical purposes. Perhaps the app might stay live even after coronavirus menace is curbed, with different objectives and goals.
Make sure you read all the terms and conditions carefully though so you know exactly what and how the app will be using the data you provide to it.
After that, you need to enter your mobile number and provide some personal details to move further.
Then, there is a self-assessment test to evaluate your present health condition.
You are required to be honest and truthful for correct results to come. After answering all the questions, you get your health status. You can re-evaluate your medical condition any time at your will.
Aarogya Setu App scores high on accuracy in terms of contact tracing. Because of this reason, many food delivery services have mandated the use of Aarogya Setu app for their delivery personnel. Many organisations are planning to include this app in their daily operations to identify potential patients. There is a high probability that the installation of this app will become a necessity to get an access to public infrastructure such as buses and metro trains in near future.
It is a novel attempt to circulate information about all do’s and don’ts in this period of global emergency. It also provides guidelines on how to maintain social distancing.
It also gives us access to latest updates about the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as number of people who have died or recovered from the infection.
You can also donate to PM Cares to provide financial and moral aid to the under-privileged sectors of the society.
You can download the app easily by clicking on this link:
Overall, it is an ingenious initiative to impart knowledge about coronavirus through a digital platform in this age of technology.
Source: Writer’s personal experience
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