NHS Covid app death: The program behind the hated ‘pingdemic’ will shut down next month in next step back to pre-pandemic life
- The NHS Covid app, which has been downloaded 31m times, will be shut down next month
- The app required people to isolate if they had been in contact with an infected person
Officials confirmed today that the NHS Covid app will be closed next month in the next step back to pre-pandemic life.
The program, which has been downloaded more than 31 million times in England and Wales, was responsible for the hated “epidemic”.
The app ordered people to self-isolate for up to 10 days if they were in close contact — within two meters for more than 15 minutes — with an infected person.
While Britons were not legally required to do so, hundreds of thousands a week were told to self-isolate at the height of the ‘pandemic outbreak’ in the summer of 2021.
The program, which has been downloaded more than 31 million times, was responsible for the hated “epidemic”. Britons have been encouraged to enter their positive test results into the app so that it can send alerts to anyone who may have been close to them recently, informing them that they have been infected and should be isolated.
The NHS Covid App was launched in September 2020 as a key device to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Bluetooth is used to estimate how close a user has been to a patient with COVID-19 and for how long.
This information allows it to determine if someone is at risk of contracting the virus.
It will alert people that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive – and whose details have been kept – and stay at home.
While Britons were not required to isolate for a year, the app sent out more than a million alerts a week during its peak.
What does the NHS Covid-19 app do?
The NHS Covid-19 app aims to slow the spread of the virus.
It is available to over 16s in England and Wales. Features include:
- Get alerts to let you know if you are at risk of contracting the Coronavirus
- Symptoms checker
- Latest advice based on your circumstances
- General information about covid
- Entering a positive result (from an NHS or paid test) to alert others if they are at risk
As a result, parts of the country have stopped working and ministers have had to release key workers from quarantine to keep the NHS, transport and food supply services running – after warnings of the “most serious” food shortages since the Second World War.
The app was so sensitive that people were unnecessarily “pushed” through their walls if their neighbor became infected.
In today’s announcement, the UK’s Health Security Agency confirmed that the app will be closed on April 27.
She said: ‘People using the NHS COVID-19 app in England and Wales are helping to break chains of transmission and reduce infection.
Leading scientists at the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick have estimated that the app prevented around 1 million cases, 44,000 hospitalizations and 9,600 deaths in its first year alone.
However, he noted that the number of users of the app has been “steadily declining” since July 2021.
Since the government canceled the free Covid testing program on 1 April 2022, fewer positive results have been entered into the app and fewer notifications have been sent to close contacts.
The UKHSA has stated that it will shut down the app but is using the “knowledge, technology and lessons learned” from it to respond to future pandemic threats.