The Department of Health and the HSE have launched their long-awaited Covid-19 Tracker App on iOS and Android today – and Senator John McGahon wants as many people as possible to download the app and engage with it to help authorities limit the spread of the virus.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly confirmed on Monday that the app would be available today and as of 10.30am, there had been 110,000 check-ins to the app nationwide. The app includes a county-by-county breakdown of Covid-19 cases, showing 782 in Louth thus far, 3% of the total.
The app can also be used for contact tracing and symptom tracing, with health officials believing the app will play a key role in the continued supression of the virus. Monday saw no new deaths from Covid-19 in Ireland for the second successive day.
“To help the country through this crisis, the Covid response app has three functions; contact tracing, symptom tracking and news and information. In terms of Contact Tracing, the app records if users are in close contact with another app user. If an App user tests positive for Covid-19 the app will alert other app users that have been closer than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes,” McGahon said.
“In terms of Symptom Tracking, there is a Daily Health check in were users can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by telling the HSE how they are feeling every day. If users do have symptoms, then the app will give them advice on what to do.
“Finally, the app will also act as a definitive source of news and information. It will provide users with the latest facts and figures about Covid-19 in Ireland and signpost them to information that will help them care for themselves if they are sick.
The Senator, who took part in his first sitting of the 26th Seanad last Tuesday, added: “Within just a few hours of launching, already 100,000 people had downloaded the app. It only takes two minutes and will greatly help the country stay as safe as possible as we face in a potential second wave of the virus.”