GUWAHATI, April 19 - The Aarogya Setu app has gained huge acceptance among the employees of the Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).
�Aarogya Setu mobile app is aimed at checking the spread of COVID-19. This app is a contact tracing solution designed to help break the chain of infection and connect to the healthcare system directly. It empowers people with better information on the potential risk of infection, self-assessment tools and contextual advice. In NFR, more than 80 per cent officials and their families have already downloaded the app,� said an official of NF Railway.
He said the Ministry of Railways has also advised all its officials to download the app in their mobile phones.
The official added that the app works with the help of Bluetooth and GPS technology.
�The idea behind this app is that if two individuals who have the app installed in their phones are in close proximity, then their phones will communicate with each other. If one of the individuals happens to be at risk of COVID-19, the other will immediately be informed through a notification on the app. This way, everyone�s phones will be constantly communicating with each other,� he said.
If someone comes within close proximity of 10 people during a day, if these people are all part of the contact chain, and if, over the coming days, any of these people were to be diagnosed with COVID-19, the one would immediately be notified by the app and will be advised to get tested or go into self-isolation, the official explained.
�Simultaneously, healthcare authorities would also be notified of these potential risks, enabling them to get in touch with the individuals concerned and provide them with the assistance they need. The recommendations are made leveraging Bluetooth technology, artificial intelligence algorithms and are based on inputs and best practices suggested by expert medical practitioners and epidemiologists,� he stated.