The new NHS Test and Trace app won’t work unless the vast majority of the country installs it and even then social distancing will still be required, a new study claims.
The NHS app launched in the Isle of Wight last week as a pilot scheme, with users urged to scan barcodes when they go out to create a ‘virtual diary’ of movements.
This is the second trial on the island by NHS following its disastrous first attempt, which was abandoned in June.
A new study by University College London found that these types of tracking apps only work if the vast majority of a population install and actively use them.
By reviewing 15 earlier scientific studies into the use of the apps, the team found that even if 80 per cent of a population install them other public health restrictions would still be needed to slow the spread of