Residents are being encouraged to download the new NHS COVID-19 app.  This is a free app available on both Apple and Android smartphones and people just have to simply search for ‘NHS Covid-19′ on their app store.

The app will support and enhance the NHS test and trace service and help health professionals to understand quickly if the virus is spreading in any particular area.

Businesses such as pubs, restaurants and cafes are legally required to display a QR poster for the public to scan and log their attendance as they enter the premises. For those who don’t have the app, they can still log-in their attendance at the venue using the business’ own alternative system.

The app also allows people to report symptoms and order a COVID-19 test.

There are six key features of the app:

Trace – for contact tracing, the app detects and logs other nearby app users using random unique ids.  If any of those users later test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19),

you will receive an exposure alert with advice on what to do. If you are under 18, you are advised to show this alert to a trusted adult.

Alert When you first register for the app you will be asked for the first half of your postcode. You can check the app every day to see whether where you live has become a high-risk area for coronavirus. If it is, you will also receive a notification to let you know. This will help you make daily decisions to protect yourself and those you love.

Check-in   The app allows you to record when you visit a venue by “checking-in” when you arrive, using the venue’s QR code. The app records the time you spend at the venue without recording any personal information. You will receive an alert if you have recently visited a venue where you have come into contact with coronavirus.

Symptoms If you feel unwell, you can use the app to check if your symptoms could be related to coronavirus (COVID-19). The app will give you a list of potential symptoms and you can then choose the ones that apply to you. It will then tell you if your symptoms suggest you have coronavirus.

Test If you have coronavirus symptoms, the app will take you to a website where you can book a test to see if you have coronavirus or not.

Isolate If you have been advised by the app to self-isolate, the app provides a countdown timer so that you can keep track of how long you need to self-isolate.  When you reach the end of your self-isolation period, the app will send you a notification reminder with a link to the latest advice for you. If you are under 18, you are advised to show this message to a trusted adult.

Watch a video to understand how the App works.

Download the App now:

The app is available for smartphones only – not tablets, smartwatches or other devices.

To get started, go to Android’s Google Play or Apple’s App Store and search for “NHS Covid-19”.

More information can be found on the COVID-19 NHS website and resources which can be downloaded are available on the Information and resources page.