Why is this app needed?
The app has been developed to supplement the source and contact research of the GGD. The app should help prevent a second corona wave in the Netherlands. If you have tested positive, the GGD will investigate who you have all been in contact with to prevent the spread of the virus. You can also ensure that you do not infect others yourself, says the GGD.
The use of the app is not mandatory, but is recommended by authorities. The more people use the app, the less likely it is to spread corona, the reasoning is.
How does the app work?
The app will send you a message if you have been around someone who has been infected with the corona virus for some time. Your phone looks around with Bluetooth and whether you have been close to someone else who also has the app. Bluetooth is a method of wirelessly exchanging data at short distances. This allows you, for example, to exchange photos with a telephone or to print something wirelessly from your computer. The maximum distance at which Bluetooth works is about ten meters.
The stronger the bluetooth signal, the closer you have been to someone else. If you have tested positive for the corona virus, you can indicate this in the app. People with whom you have been in contact will then receive a notification.
You will receive a warning in the app if:
– Someone indicates via the corona app to have the corona virus
– and you have been near that person in the past few days
– and you have been close to each other for a long time
Example: You are walking quietly on the street in Assen and someone with the app cycles past, then you will not receive a notification. You were only close together. If you are on the train from Hoogeveen to Assen and someone is sitting next to you on the train, you can be notified. If the bluetooth signal was strong enough, you would be close together. Then there is a risk of contamination. If you are eating in a restaurant in Spier and someone five tables away is also eating, there is a possibility that you will receive a message.
Also view this animation of the corona app.
This is how the corona app works
What about my privacy?
By using Bluetooth, the app works without personal data or location data. Your phone and those of others make contact via codes that are stored for up to two weeks. According to the government, the app does not know who you are and where you might bump into someone else. Even if you get the corona virus and report this via the app, this cannot be linked to your personal data.
Can my phone handle such an app?
The app is being developed for all phones with new versions of iOS (Apple) and Android. The app uses little energy, so your battery will not drain quickly because a special bluetooth is used. The exact percentage of your battery that the app uses differs per phone.
Is it important that I download this app as a Drent?
That is of course entirely up to you. The national government wants as many people as possible to test the app. It is important for the government to collect as much data as possible. For example, the government checks whether the app meets all privacy requirements, whether the app does what the government promises and whether the app is user-friendly. If you decide not to continue using the app, that’s no problem. You can never be banned anywhere in a restaurant if you don’t use the app.
Karin Eeken, director of public health at the GGD in Drenthe: “We expect that the app can contribute to reducing the number of corona infections. We would like many residents of Drenthe to download and use the app. It remains important to remain alert and adhere to the basic rules: keep five feet away, work at home as much as possible, avoid crowded places and wash your hands often. Do you have complaints? Then stay at home and get tested. ”
The app should start working nationwide on 1 September.
The app can be downloaded from the app store on the mobile phone from mid-August. The national government will soon open a special telephone number to which people with questions about the app can call. “For now people can already find a lot of information on coronamelder.nl”, says Bart Raaijmakers, spokesperson for the GGD Drenthe.
This is what Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health said about the test in Drenthe during Thursday’s press conference