How the "Stopp Corona" App Can Help Your Peace of Mind
It doesn’t take up any room in your suitcase and helps when it really matters: meet the "Stopp Corona" app by the Austrian Red Cross.
Austria is one of the first European countries to have developed its own app that helps identify chains of infection and break them. This plays a particularly important role for holidaymakers who come into contact with lots of different people. You can download the app for your Android smartphone or iPhone here:
Why you should download the app
Almost 800,000 people have already installed the app across Austria. Every additional user helps identify and break chains of infection even faster.
Does the app work on all mobile phones?
Why is the app so important for my holiday?
The app creates an automatic connection with users that have been closer than two metres for longer than 15 minutes. This is particularly useful on holiday when you come into close contact with other people more frequently, such as on public transport or museum tours. Through contact tracing, you will quickly find out if you have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus.
How does the app prevent the spread?
As soon as you launch the app, it automatically connects to other users in your surroundings – even in power-saving mode. Data is encrypted before being exchanged, preventing both the app developers and other users from accessing your personal details. In the event of a COVID-19 infection, the app contacts all users that have been in proximity to the infected person for a longer period of time. The alerted users must then monitor their own health and maintain distance to others. This slows and stops the spread.
What do the alert levels yellow and red mean?
The app has two alert levels. A yellow alert shows that someone you have been in contact with has developed coronavirus symptoms. The red alert means that someone you have been in close contact with (less than two metres) for longer than 15 minutes has tested positive.
How should I respond to an alert?
When alerted, the app will give you advice on how to respond. Having received a yellow alert, it is advisable to cease contact with other people where possible and monitor your health. Following a red alert, the app will instruct you to self-isolate. The app does not, however, decide whether you need to be tested, so it is advisable to call the health advice hotline 1450. You will also receive a notification from the app if someone with whom you came into contact and who had symptoms tests negative.
What should I do if I have symptoms myself?
The app has a clinically tested symptom check, which you can use to send an anonymous yellow alert. Depending on the results, you should call the health advice hotline 1450.
Find more info on the app here
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