Commenting on the new StopCOVID track and trace app that is now available in Northern Ireland Dr Tom Black, BMA Northern Ireland Council chair said, “It is good to see the app has now been developed and is ready for use in Northern Ireland and with compatibility for the Republic of Ireland’s system.
“A robust track and trace system is a key part of the ongoing strategy to combat the spread of coronavirus and hopefully prevent a second wave of infection, where there would still be the possibility that our health system could be overwhelmed.
“The app will be an essential step in identifying and informing people that they have been exposed to Covid-19. So it is vital that people download the app and if they do receive a notification that they arrange to have a test and self-isolate. Arranging a test online is very straightforward and results are generally back in 24 hours.
“However the app is not a replacement for following the rest of the guidelines; where possible people should still maintain social distancing, use a mask and wash their hands frequently.”
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