What is the NHS COVID-19 app and why does it matter?
Developed by the NHS with a team of world-leading scientists and doctors, the NHS COVID-19 app will play an important role in the fight against coronavirus.
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, the app will:
- anonymously warn other app users who have been near you
- provide advice from the NHS on the right action to take to help stop the virus spreading further
- help you to get a swab test
This is essential in allowing the country to stay one step ahead of the virus.
The app is being launched on the Isle of Wight as part of the first phase of a large-scale, integrated phone-based contact tracing and swab testing programme. This will play a central role in how the UK manages the rate of coronavirus transmission going forward.
This first phase will allow us to gain feedback from users and make improvements to the app before making it available across the UK in the coming weeks.