The number of coronavirus cases has been increasing day by day in India. Therefore, the government has launched a location-based COVID-19 App.

The Kavach App, a COVID-19 tracker is released by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). This app is developed in association with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MHFW). The app is currently in the beta stage. The app is still in the working stage but has some bugs and it crashed a few times while the testing and there was some issue while generating OTP to login into the app. Hopefully, the developers will rectify the error and will provide a stable version soon.

The app uses the user’s smartphone data to track its location. On the basis of users’ location data, it alerts the user about whether they are at risk of being exposed to the novel coronavirus or not. The sole aim of this app is to provide information about coronavirus and collect information. This app is currently available for Android users only.

The Kavach app can be downloaded via Google Play Store on any device which runs on Android. It tracks users’ locations for an interval of one hour. Then it tells if the user has come in contact with any person who tested positive for COVID-19.

The user interface of the app is very basic. The working is simple, the user needs to login to the app. Then there are a few questions which the users have to answer. It asks the users about their breathing condition, the temperature of the user, whether the user has returned from any foreign country, whether the user feeling a body ache if the user has a dry cough or sore throat. In last it also asks the users if they have met anyone who returned from any foreign country.

There are few codes in the app which are dedicated to different categories. Code green means all fine, orange means to call a doctor, yellow means quarantine and red means infected. Next feature which this Kavach app has live alerts. Whenever users go out of their house, they can press a button to activate the “Kavach”. Then it will track your movements for an hour. When the users come in such range where any other person also has the same app installed and have marked themselves as infected, then the app will give alert to the users to not get in contact with such person.

This app can become successful only when the public shows some cooperation. The idea of the app is simple and basic. The app will collect the data from the users voluntarily. The feature which tells about the state of another user’s health is still skeptical as it is based on proximity and it will work on GPS which might not be accurate enough all the time.

These were some of the challenges. Based on them it is hard to say whether the app will be a success or not. But if you are still interested in getting the app, then here’s how you can use it;

  • Just after opening the app, it asks fora few permissions related to location and storage.
  • Then it asks users to login using a mobile number and an OTP.
  • After logging in, on the homepage the users can get information about the current status of total infected, cured and the number of deaths.
  • The questionnaire can be accessed in the menu bar of the app.
  • Clicking the Karachi logo activates the one-hour countdown to track user location.