Collecting results of coronavirus tests

If you want to keep a closer eye on the spread of coronavirus in your area, this app in the UAE could help.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, and Dubai Health Authority have come together to launch ALHOSN UAE app, available to download for free.

“We can contain this virus only if we all act together, each one giving the others protection and peace of mind,” Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention said, encouraging all residents to download the app.

 

Named after a fort in Abu Dhabi, it is now the official digital platform for COVID-19 tests in the country. Combining the tech of the two previously released apps – Stay HOME and TRACE COVID – it works off bluetooth signals and applies the use of QR scan codes which will reveal the health status of users in the surrounding area.

Basically, you’ll be able to see if there is anyone nearby who has come into contact with patients that have been infected with coronavirus. 

But don’t worry, you privacy is protected thanks to artificial intelligence.

In addition, you can check in on how your neighbours have been following the guidelines while self-isolating. Maybe you can even pick up some tips on how to stay extra safe during this time.

All in the aim to protect residents, it’s also a tool for health authorities to keep track of those who have come into contact with infected individuals.

Note that any individuals who have or have had COVID-19 and refuse to download the ALHOSN UAE app will face fines of Dhs10,000. If they are caught tampering with the app,  the fine is Dhs20,000.

ALHOSN UAE app is available for Android and iOS devices

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