StopCOVID NI contact tracing app
StopCOVID NI is a free health service app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Using the Stop COVID NI app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.
The app tells you automatically if you’ve been near someone who tests positive.
It also tells others if you test positive, but will never know or share your identity or location.
It uses the Google and Apple interface to access Bluetooth and anonymously record other nearby phones. If a user has a positive test for COVID-19 an alert is sent to all other users. Their app then runs a probability check to determine whether there is any risk to the user, and if relevant provides advice to self-isolate. You can find out more about how the app works here.
Most people spreading the virus don’t know they have it. So the more people using the app, the more lives we save.
As we go out more, let’s all keep doing our bit.
The app is available to anyone over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland, we are working with Children’s Commissioner and the Information Commissioner’s Office to identify a way that younger people can get consent to use it without impacting anonymity.