Contact tracing is an established method to help prevent the further spread of infections such as COVID-19, and we are now using this approach to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The StopCOVID NI contact tracing app was launched on 31st July 2020 for NI citizens over the age of 18. A young person App will be available for 11 year olds and over from the end of September 2020.
This is an image of an exposure ‘log’ notification. It is not an exposure notification. On seeing this you should not self-isolate.
It means you have been close to another app user, but does not follow the setting of 2 metres or less, for 15 minutes or more. It is a problem with the IOS system that Apple will be removing in future versions.
Only if you have been close enough, for long enough, to an app user that tests positive, will you receive a clear exposure notification from the app.
This is an image of an exposure notification. If you receive this notification it means you have been close to another app user who has tested positive.
This is an image from the StopCOVID NI app once you have received an exposure notification. If you tap on the ‘read more’ button you can see information on what to do next.
The image above shows the additional information you will see in the app if you receive an exposure notification. It explains how long you must self-isolate for, why you must do so, and links to read more about close contact and self-isolation.
Read more about this app and the technology used here https://covid-19.hscni.net/stop-covid-ni-mobile-app/
Close contacts are:
The contact must have taken place between two days before and up to seven days after symptoms appeared.
If the person you have been in contact with has not tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to self-isolate. You should continue to social distance and stay at home as much as possible.
If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms you should self-isolate and book a test.
If you start to develop COVID-19 symptoms you should continue to self-isolate and book a test https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.
The purpose of contact tracing services is to track and prevent further spread of infections by identifying people who may have come into contact with an infected person.
By collecting further information about people who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, we can notify them to self-isolate.
Contact tracing will protect the community, save lives and help us to avoid a future lockdown.
Find out more about contact tracing at https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/testing-and-tracing-covid-19/contact-tracing-faqs