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Aarogya Setu app gets a new feature, lets you assess your risk level based on your BT contacts

The newly launched feature will enable users to assess their status with respect to the people that they have been in close contact with.
The newly launched feature will enable users to assess their status with respect to the people that they have been in close contact with. (Aarogya Setu)

Aarogya Setu's new feature is available in the Android version of the app. A similar feature will be available made available in the iOS version of the app soon.

Aarogya Setu is one of the most popular apps in the world. The app has amassed over 12 crore downloads since its launch back in April. Now, the government has introduced a new feature in the app that enables users to assess their risk level based on their BT or Bluetooth contacts.

As per a series of Tweets made via the government’s Aarogya Setu handle, the Covid-19 tracker app will now show users a list of people with whom they have been in close proximity with that is enough to establish a Bluetooth connection. While some of these Bluetooth contacts will be the ones that users encounter for a short duration while travelling, while others will be the ones with whom users had no physical contact with.

“This will enable you to assess your risk. Some BT contacts can be for short durations during travel, some can be when you have Masks on without any physical contact. Always important to take necessary precautions and monitor your symptoms,” government’s Aarogya Setu handle wrote in a series of tweets.

Now, the newly launched feature will enable users to assess their status with respect to the people that they have been in close contact with. To do so users will have to upload their data by giving requisite permissions to the app. Once the data has been uploaded, users will see an image that will show them the status of other users that they have been in close contact with. This will include the people who have been tested positive for Covid-19, those who are at moderate risk of getting the virus and those who are healthy.

It is worth noting that this update has been rolled out onto the Android version of the Aarogya Setu app. A similar feature will be available made available in the iOS version of the app soon.

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