The developers use data from public government information in designing the applications, and there has been an increase in the number of downloads since they launched the products.
The apps help track the spread of the disease in South Korea. Speaking to CNN, one of the developers of Corona 100m app Bae Won-Seok stated that, “The installs are increasing about 20,000 every hour.”
Corona 100m app allows users to see the date a coronavirus patient was confirmed to have the disease, along with the patient’s nationality, age, gender, and where the patent visited. A person using this app can also view how close they are to coronavirus patients.
According to Google Play, the app has been installed more than 1 million times since its launch on February 11. Bae added that a recent surge in downloads, caused by the increasing number of cases in South Korea, crashed the app’s server.
He said he was concerned about the number of coronavirus cases in his neighborhood that he sent his daughter to stay with her grandparents to reduce the risk of exposure.
The other app goes by the name Corona Map developed by Lee Jun-young. He explains that he made the app because he found the government data hard to understand, stating that although heath officials release locations that show where coronavirus patients have been the official information is not very visual.
He added that, “When I think that this app can prevent the spread of Coronavirus patients by advising people not to go to certain places, I feel proud.”
As of Friday February 27, South Korea had confirmed 2,337 cases of the virus. Another application available is called Corona Doctor.