LONDON – England’s COVID-19 mobile phone app will be tweeted so that more and more people with no symptoms of the disease will need to isolate themselves, the British Department of Health said on Monday.
Business leaders have raised concerns about the number of employees they need to disassociate after being “caught” in the app when they meet someone who will check that they have COVID-19.
Under the change, if someone finds out that you have the truth but no symptoms, the app will check your closest contacts two days before the positive test, rather than looking for affiliate contact contacts five days before the test.
The Department of Health said the change would reduce the number of notifications sent by the app, but would not reduce the sensitivity of the app, and would still hold the same number of high-risk contacts.
“We want to reduce the potential for isolation from individuals and businesses while ensuring that we protect those most at risk from the virus,” said Health Minister Sajid Javid.
“This app update will help ensure we get the right balance.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has removed almost all coronavirus restrictions in England, saying the drugs have severely limited contact between coronavirus cases and mortality, even if the opening means the virus remains prevalent in society.
Some scientists disprove the popular “pandemic” expression of business disruption from isolation advice from the app, saying it reduces public health benefits of isolation when many other methods have been removed.
The government has urged people to continue using the program, which is not mandatory.
He said contacts who had been notified to disassociate themselves from the old system were unlikely to be exposed to a consenting person at the time of their infection.
Further changes to the rules of isolation will come on August 16, when people who are fully vaccinated and face a fair trial will not have to isolate themselves unless they examine themselves.