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The Covid-19 App - Have You Downloaded It?

In the News

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52033210

An app that tracks the symptoms of Covid-19 in the UK has become one of the most popular downloads.

Its creators aim to deliver insights into why some people get the disease more severely than others.

They also hope to create a map showing where outbreaks are happening and help distinguish cases from those of the common cold.

I know that for many, it will give them a peace of mind

Have you downloaded it? Will you download it?

hspexy
13 days ago
What do you think of this?
garygemmell
garygemmell13 days ago

Nope and nope!

My phone is already straining under the weight of its apps and poor memory all these TSR programs suck memory like nobodies business (TSR - Terminate And Stay Resident) old machine code programming technique to make sure you cant kill the application and stop it running it sits there and consumes memory until your phone just locks up - i have found this with all those Acneilsen, Incompass and survey apps they are the worst for killing your phone!

Besides it wont work on Blackberry or any of my Nokia Lumias as they are all windows 8 phones.

And i have more sense than money to buy an Iphoney or Ifannypad!

😜

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ptenn00
ptenn0013 days ago

no thanks. I think it may even make people panic more, constantly checking the app for updates. Just another way to keep tabs on people

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ACR
ACR13 days ago

I'm not planning to download this app. If I live in a Covid-19 hotspot, which is possible in London, I'd rather not know about it. I still have to go out to buy food or possibly visit the chemist at some point. Constantly, worrying/ dwelling on the outbreak isn't going to lower my chances of catching it 😷

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MattOsborne
MattOsborne11 days ago

Nope! Everywhere I turn there’s mention of it. No positivity now. It sickens me it’s taken something like this for people to recognise how dirty they were previously!

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Dennab
Dennab10 days ago

No

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana10 days ago

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This app seems genuine but typically many apps are developed purely for financial gain and the idea that they are designed to help is just marketing b*llshit. I've seen diet apps which have advertising on the screen for their income and some have shown restaurants and takeaways at times which to me is wrong.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
10 days ago

I know what you mean. And at times like this, it does feel cheeky that they’re going to financially gain from it, especially when there’s loads of people who will be out of work. But none of these companies do it solely out of the goodness of their hearts/intentions, as they do need to make money and survive in the long run. As long as they’re trying to help, it may be mutually beneficial

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katiec223
katiec22310 days ago

I have downloaded it, all it asks of you is to update it daily. It asks have you been tested for Covid-19 and if you are feeling okay or showing any symptoms.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
10 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. I guess it’s a good way to monitor the general public, the ones who are not contacting the authorities

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katiec223
katiec2239 days ago

hspexy Yes i think that is the aim.

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Dennab
Dennab9 days ago

Right, it's just a glorified database then that will produce inaccurate figures that only come from people who have 1. downloaded and 2. bothered to update it. The lads who made this site could have made an app like that in their sleep. Well, Kelsey could anyway.

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katiec223
katiec2239 days ago

Dennab yes but all stats it will only reflect on the people who are asked, participate, update it etc. As it is a thing that effects everyone and generally people have a bit more time on there hands due to the restrictions they will probably get a high uptake.

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Dennab
Dennab9 days ago

katiec223 Not based on the reaction I've seen on here and elsewhere. I can't see how this can be relied on for accurate data at all. It's completely reliant on people and people are the reason this virus has spread.

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katiec223
katiec2239 days ago

Dennab okay

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi9 days ago

No...

They collect data....they will exactly know who to test for antibodies.

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