Covid in Scotland: Thousands turn off tracking app

Thousands of Scots turn off Covid tracking app

7/24/2021 12:51:00 AM

Thousands of Scots turn off Covid tracking app

The Protect Scotland app was active on about 900,000 phones last week despite being downloaded two million times.

In the week to 17 July, one in 75 people had the virus in England and, according to the Office for National Statistics.However NearForm, the Irish company that designed the Protect Scotland app, said it was working effectively.Chief commercial officer Larry Breen said: "We're permanently monitoring not just this but all of the [tracking] apps we have out there, to make sure the functionality is there.

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"From what we can see on all of the apps, they are performing as they are designed to perform."Since the Protect Scotland app was launched in September 2020, 60,145 alerts have been sent to people who were contacts of 33,540 people who tested positive for Covid.

Why is the NHS England app 'pinging' more people?image copyrightGetty ImagesWith both apps, if you spend enough time close to another person using it, you will receive a "ping" alert if they test positive for Covid.You need to be 2m (6ft) from them for 15 minutes to trigger a message.

Scotland's deputy chief medical officer, Nicola Steedman, previously explained the software is more complex in the English app, but no less sensitive.However, in Scotland, where the app is designed to preserve privacy, users have to enter a code to register an anonymous positive test result.

In England, if you book a Covid test through the app, any positive result will be automatically registered.The NHS England app is combined with a code scanner with which people can register their presence in a restaurant or pub. The Scottish app lacks that incentive to download it, and to keep it active.

Jackie Ballie, Scottish Labour deputy leader, said some people may have deleted the app because they had lost confidence in the system."Maybe it is because people don't want to be told to self isolate, but I actually also think in part that people are losing confidence in the system because they expect to be contacted, they know they have been near a close contact and yet no body is getting in touch with them," she said.

Earlier this month it emerged that contact tracers in Scotland would call only the most urgent cases, while texts would be used "more extensively" for cases deemed low risk.And NHS Grampian warned that a spike in cases meant it would not be able to trace the contacts of everyone who tests positive.

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"That has huge implications because they are self isolating, they are losing income and they are not able to apply for the self isolation grant because test and protect haven't pinged them and told them to self isolate." Ms Baillie toldBBC Radio Scotland's Drivetime programme

."People can't afford to do that. The system as it currently stands is not simply robust enough."'Huge number at risk'Dr Elly Gaunt, a virologist from the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute, told the BBC the app was still a vital tool to prevent Covid cases while only 55% of people are fully vaccinated.

"This leaves a huge pool of people who are still susceptible to a significant disease outcome, particularly things like long Covid, which is still not being captured in the analysis being undertaken to make these kind of decisions," she said.

She said the government was giving people a choice between getting vaccinated or getting infected."We still have a responsibility to society to prevent the spread of this virus because there are still a huge number of people who are at risk," she added.

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I'm shocked anyone has kept the app frankly it's a heap of shit, didn't work in at the start won't work now either, get a better developmet team and try again Some of them have actually got some sense then Sadly you’ll always get the selfish The only people who want to keep this app on are those who hope to be pinged if their income is secure!

Never had the app. Never will Good...proud of you Scots!! And this is a solution to a problem? Hud tae turn aff c0Vid app az FoRtnite FPS was too lo when a wiz tryna 2 no-scope 360 n00bZ. Good More U.K. fake news. The scottish app is an actual NHS Scotland app and works very well. Unlike the English SERCO app that hasn’t worked from the start. STOP Lying BBC 🙄

*millions of English people have.

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The weather has turned shite, what do you expect? It's getting silly now with this pingdemic but if we all start turning apps off because of it, it will only get worse. And before you know it, well be in a worse state than last winter and the winter before that! If it helps saves lives and spread... Use it! Think of the NHS

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