As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to grip South Africa and the world, many are left devastated by the impact the virus has on so many levels.
It’s affected either our health or the health of loved ones. The pandemic has damaged our economy and caused job losses and business closures. Healthcare facilities have been pushed to capacity and beyond. There seems no end to its impacts on our lives.
But with the aid of technology the South African government is using its Covid Alert SA app to help South Africans detect and record vital information which may help in the fight against the virus.
You will not have to pay for mobile data when you use the app – the data to use the app has been zero-rated by all of South Africa’s mobile network providers.
You may be asking, what every COVID Alert SA app user gains?
Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has repeatedly said that one of the most critical aspects of combating COVID-19 is the ability to detect people who have tested positive for COVID-19 early. Then, to track and trace those who have been in close contact with and refer them for appropriate management – whether it is immediate testing, isolation or quarantine. This process is called contact tracing.
However, manual contact tracing is a time-consuming, process that has its limits. The person who tests positive for COVID-19 needs to remember all the people they have been in close contact with for the past two weeks and their contact details, which is not possible for people they come into contact with in public places such as at the grocery store or on public transport.
The COVID Alert SA app uses Bluetooth contact-tracing technology to let people know if they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. It gives everyone the chance to understand their exposure to the virus, so that we can protect every member of the community, especially those most at risk. It is an important tool to combating the pandemic, as it can help slow the spread of the virus and save lives. Anyone in South Africa who has a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone can access this app for free.
Watch the video below to learn more about the App…..