Uber and Lyft are telling their contract drivers how best to prevent the potential spread of the new coronavirus, which has more than 90,000 confirmed cases worldwide in the two months since the outbreak,media outlet The Verge reported. Like many other technology companies and big companies, Uber has restricted travel to China, northern Italy, Iran and South Korea, citing caution.
On Friday, Uber sent a link to a short guide to drivers around the world through push notifications in Uber’s driver program. The guidelines follow the basic principles outlined by the World Health Organization. Uber tells drivers to stay at home and stay away from others if they feel unwell, have mild symptoms, respiratory symptoms or fever (up to 38 C or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit). Uber recommends that drivers wash their hands regularly with liquid soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or disinfect their hands with hand sanitizer and at least 60% alcohol, and avoid touching their faces.
The company also told drivers to cover or cover the mouth and nose with paper towels and elbows when coughing and sneezing. Uber requires drivers to clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched on cars. Uber said it had “formed a global team of Uber operations, security and safety executives, to respond to every market in which we operate around the world, in consultation with public health experts.” “
“We have been working hard to ensure the safety of our employees and everyone on the Uber platform, and we continue to be concerned about the continued spread of the new coronavirus,” the company said in a statement. “
Lyft offered similar advice to its drivers in an email linked to the new Corona virus page on its website. Both Lyft and Uber have warned drivers not to let the new virus become an excuse to discriminate against passengers on the basis of race or nationality.
Uber has temporarily shut down hundreds of user accounts in Mexico aftermedia reported that some passengers had come into contact with two drivers who may have been exposed to the new corona virus. While it is not clear whether the two drivers were in danger, Uber told The Verge that the deactivated accounts had been restored.