ISLANDERS ‘APPY WITH CONTACT TRACING APP AS DOWNLOADS HIT 55,000

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25 Islanders a day are being tested for coronavirus, on average, after reporting their symptoms through the NHS coronavirus tracing app, which has seen 55,000 downloads to date.

The latest figures were revealed yesterday by Dr Geraint Lewis, NHS England’s chief data officer. He said he was “overwhelmed” by the Isle of Wight’s response to the new contact tracing app.

Introduced last week to the Isle of Wight, in a trial period, more than 55,000 residents have downloaded the app to take part, with experts saying the number continues to rise.

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Dr Lewis said the Island has been very supportive of the app, helping the team behind it learn and improve as they go along — and, as far as they could tell, there has been no evidence of malicious or mischievous use of the app, such as people reporting symptoms they don’t have.

He said:

“We have taken advice from experts on design all the way through this process and that includes the wording in the app — so experts of behavioural science can appeal to people’s better nature and to nudge them into behaving properly and responsibly.”

With the app, users download it to their phone and go about their day. Only if another app user, who has been near enough for the phones to match, reports symptoms and requests a test, is an alert sent to tell them to self-isolate.

The app does not track the user’s location, only how far away it has been from another phone with the app installed.

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However, there is no way of knowing whether all the downloads of the app have happened on the Island.

Dr Lewis said:

“We do not know for sure that all of these people are Islanders because the app does not track your location but the profile of how and when people started downloading gives me confidence that the vast, vast majority of what we are seeing is Islanders.

“It is phenomenal when you remember some people haven’t received their letters yet and they are going out on Monday as well.

“The bottom line is the more people use the app, the better it will be at saving lives and protecting the NHS.”

Bob Seely, the Isle of Wight’s MP, broke down the figures as a ‘rule of thumb’, saying a potential 80,000 people on the Island could download the app and use it after taking away children, those who do not have smart phones or those that are not compatible with the app.

He said:

“The 50,000 mark is between 50 and 60 per cent, probably, and that will continue to climb up at least. The evidence suggests we are looking at an incredibly strong showing on the Island.”

To download the app, as an Island resident, or to provide feedback, visit https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/.

 

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joe
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how many from the mainland have downloaded the app will we overtake the number of people on the island with the number of smart phones regestered

Pet
Pet
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Government love stats to work with, for that is all they have to rely upon. Whereas individuals focus down on their lives and their smaller communities and circle of friends and family.

So what is ‘right for the bigger picture may not be so for individuals.

Remember the Titanic, few lifeboats provided to reduce weight and space for the ‘greater good’, but little comfort ‘once’ sinking for the individual trying to save their life or that of their family.

Same in the War, to be sent ‘over the top’ to certain death may have been beneficial to the masses, not to the shot or their loved ones at home.

So don’t fret, all a numbers thing, and of little real use in saving lives imo.

Anon
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So if the app warns you that you have come in contact with someone who has reported symptoms. Do you carry on as normal or self isolate ??

Smithy
Smithy
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It really does drain battery. Mines gone dead in two hours. What happens now if I come into contact with anyone?

Chris
Chris
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Charge it??

MD
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Private Eye has pointed out that they will be forced to dump the useless NHS app because of Liberty’s impending judicial review on it. It was doomed to fail from day 1. PSNI say its unsafe and will not be downloading it for security reasons so why should about else.

Terry
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How many of those, me included, who downloaded the app, still practise stay at home, two metres apart when out, which means the app won’t pick up on other phones. Thus rendering the app totally ineffective for that proportion of the population.

Joe Bloggs
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Why the hell aren’t we using the same app as other European countries as it may well make travelling easier in the future.

Stephen63
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“Me No Appy”.
Mine is Android 7, not an old phone, but still apparently too old for the App.
I think only the young and Tech-savvy, will have the latest gear to utilise this program. But it’s the older gen’, like me who are more at risk, so I hope the technophiles will provide one for those of us who don’t necessarily have the latest gadgets.

Given such major shortcomings and others, methinks this is more aimed at publicity than practicality.

Mr justice
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And guess what Stephen 63 ? You would be right. Theres a few more reasons for it,but I wont digest( i will get abuse)

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