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Article published 14/09/2020

Additional protection against coronavirus

People across Scotland are being urged to download NHS Scotland’s new contact tracing app to help suppress the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The free app, available now on Apple and Google stores, will enhance existing Test and Protect contact tracing measures, offering an additional layer of protection to break the chains of transmission faster.

Once downloaded, the app works in the background, using Bluetooth technology to anonymously alert people if they have been within two metres for at least 15 minutes with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus.

It also quickly alerts those you have been in close contact with if you test positive, even if those contacts are unknown to you.

People’s privacy will be protected, as the app uses encrypted anonymised codes to determine close contacts, which are deleted after 14 days. It doesn’t store details on an individual, or their location.

Designed to complement the Test and Protect person-to-person contact tracing system, the app will allow people to self-isolate far quicker if they are exposed to the virus, reducing the risk of them infecting others - and the more people who use the app, the better it will work.

However, people are being reminded that following FACTS remains vital - face coverings, avoid crowded places, clean hands and surfaces, two metre physical distancing and self-isolate immediately and book a test if you have symptoms.

Help stop the virus. Download the free app today at and protect yourself, your family, and Scotland against coronavirus.

Detailed information about the features, functionality, security and data privacy elements of the base technology is available online.

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