The app that can alert you to Coronavirus cases in your neighbourhood

An Aussie company’s free app could be used to help pinpoint Coronavirus cases in your area and track the spread of the virus.

The app has been developed by Snewpit – an online platform where people can share news with those around them.

The app could be used to proactively warn people about Coronavirus cases in their area and reduce delays in providing useful health information.

It comes as Australia’s number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reaches 375.

“There’s all this talk about flattening the curve and reducing the impact of coronavirus but there’s not enough information about where the virus is,” Snewpit creator Charlie Khoury told News Corp.

“If you come back from the doctor with a confirmed case, you could post in the app where you had been beforehand, whether it was a cafe, a shopping centre, or you went on a train. You could use it to inform others.”

Those using the app can set up locations for places they have recently been and be alerted if there was a confirmed Coronavirus case nearby.

“Some people might think supplying this kind of information will cause panic but I think it will do the opposite,” Charlie said.

“If we can map the cases, people will start to feel comfortable going places where there hasn’t been an outbreak.”

For privacy reasons, user would not need to use their real name or submit any information that identifies them.

While there’s concerns that the app may cause people to panic, some experts suggest it could provide useful information which would calm panic buying and concerns about catching the virus. 

Psychologist Dr Marny Lishman said people’s panicked behaviour is due to the lack of information.

“The more information we can give them and the more certainty, even if it’s bad news, the better.”

The app is available on Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones.

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