To curb the rapid spread of coronavirus in India, the government has already imposed a 21-day nation-wide lockdown since March 25th. Now the country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, along with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched a COVID-19 tracker called Corona Kavach. The app is currently in beta phase on Android and users might experience crashes. Corona Kavach is a location-based app that tracks the location of the user’s smartphone and alerts them if they are at risk of being exposed to COVID-19. It also provides information about the disease.
To use the app, users have to fill out a form with six questions such as body temperature, travel history, body ache, any difficulty in breathing etc. Depending on the questions, the app will mark users in different colour codes. Code Green refers to all fine, Orange indicates you need to visit a doctor, Yellow refers to quarantine and Red shows that you are infected. Users can press the activate button on the app to track their movements when they step out of the house.
The Corona Kavach app tracks the location of users every hour. If someone on the app has marked themselves as infected or quarantine and you are in the proximity to that person, the app will alert you. This ensures that one can remain safe from catching the virus. However, to make this work, the app needs to be used by as many people as possible. After installing the app, users are required to voluntarily inform the government that they are infected and also need to activate the tracker as soon as they step out of their home.