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Changes made to NHS Covid-19 app so fewer contacts are notified to self-isolate

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The NHS Covid-19 app is being updated so fewer contacts will be instructed to self-isolate, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced.

The 'logic' behind the app’s system will be tweaked - meaning a person will need to have been near a positive but asymptomatic individual two days prior, instead of five - which is the rule currently.

Changes do not mean the sensitivity has been altered, nor the

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The disease was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, China, and has since spread globally, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Muscle pain, sputum production, diarrhea, and sore throat are less common.