As the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Health Secretary are forced into quarantine, “Freedom Day” looks set to be overshadowed by the “pingdemic” which has seen hundreds of thousands of people in self isolation after being contacted by the NHS Covid app.
Business leaders have called for the self-isolation rules to be changed while the Government has reiterated that the NHS app is still an important tool in the fight against Covid. Telegraph readers have shared their thoughts on the self-isolation rules, as well as if they are still using the NHS app amid concerns more and more people are deleting the app out of frustration.
Read on for the best discussion points from our readers and share your own view in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
‘Two jabs is enough’
"For people like myself that are running a busy company, 10 days isolating and going back to online communication with staff and customers would be a setback.
"I have now deleted the app and will stay away from anywhere where I am asked to give my details instead of using the app. That way, I hope to be spared isolation when I have no symptoms just because I stood next to some unknown person in a queue in the supermarket for a few minutes who tested positive. Two jabs is enough for most of us.
"If teachers and children could have had a daily test, as with some schools, they would not have to close."
‘In the last week I have has two staff off with a positive test and six others in isolation’
"Personally, I don’t have the app. I deleted it a long time ago as it’s a luxury I can’t afford.
"Up until recently it didn’t affect my business, but in the last week I have had two staff off with a positive test and six others in isolation. I have 13 staff, so almost 60 per cent are unavailable to work."
‘The app is doing its job’
"Rather than delete the NHS app that does have a purpose and lets not forget the more infections the more people will be pinged, that’s the app doing its job."
"Today my daughter’s school announced that all kitchen and cleaning staff were now isolating due to the pingdemic. Utter chaos. They’re asking the teachers and assistants to cover the roles as they’re not prepared to spend the money to bring contractors in for the final week of term.
"2020 and 2021 have shown new heights of incompetence."
‘A clown show’
"Having the app is voluntary, other countries don’t have this pinging clown show, because people in other countries refused to engage in such a travesty. For other people this pandemic is an adverse event.
"It is time to ask what is wrong with the people who used to be considered as thoughtful and no-nonsense nation?!
‘Pinging is inconsistent’
"Pinging is clearly false, having been pinged after not being in contact with anyone but my wife all of last week. I built a new shed and didn’t go anywhere. My house is beyond the bluetooth range of any others so it appears to be a waste of time."
‘If you don’t want to participate then delete it’
"People are being pinged more because there are more people with Covid. The app is voluntary. If you don’t want to participate then delete it. If you choose to continue, stop moaning."
‘Turn off your phone, do a test if you want, and go to work’
"Just ignore the thing. Turn off your phone, do a test if you want, and go to work.
"And how hard is it to not use the pathetically expensive and technically flawed application in the first place? Write down a fake name when you check in somewhere and leave an invented phone number just as other people are doing."
‘At what point does Boris realise this is madness?’
"Boris had Covid, he’s double vaccinated, he has no symptoms, and now he’s sitting at home for 10 days. At what point does Boris realise this is madness?"
‘I don’t want to leave my name or number on a random list at the bar’
"I have turned off contact tracing on my phone, so if anyone asks me to check-in to a venue I can look like I am to avoid making a fuss, as I don’t want to leave my name or number on a random list at the bar.
"I did this as soon as I realised that the app’s isolation guidance is essentially advisory, and knowing that if a friend tests positive they can report me as a close or direct contact and I would be contacted by Track and Trace personally, meaning I’d be legally required to isolate and so would pose no real ‘risk’ to anyone.
"I don’t understand why anyone has it on and working, especially if they work somewhere where they’re interacting with lots of random people for brief spells."
‘Boris, stop being ruled by what you think people want, and do what is right’
"It’s a surreal parallel universe, Boris has had Covid, he’s double vaccinated but he’s being forced to self-isolate because of public opinion.
"Boris, stop being ruled by what you think people want, and do what is right!"
‘They are prepared to risk the country coming to a standstill’
"They are prepared to risk the country coming to a standstill rather than accept that the app is not fit for purpose. All this to reduce the risk of scrutiny towards our money that they have spent."
‘Panic buying and Brexit didn’t cause food shortages but pinging will’
"It looks as though panic buying and Brexit didn’t cause food shortages but pinging will as it causes staff to isolate. Why are bosses not telling their staff to switch off the app?"
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