As the coronavirus scare continues to dominate headlines, people should know the best ways to keep themselves safe. People who come into contact with various different people every day, such as rideshare drivers, run the highest risk. So, as a response, a couple of the major rideshare companies, Uber and Lyft, sent out instructions for their drivers. A few weeks ago, we posted a blog about cleaning your car interior, and this blog will expand on it. Of course, the CDC has the most up-to-date information about the virus and how to prevent it.
Latest On The Virus
The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, spread from China to a growing number of countries, leaving thousands infected. Although the virus has spread, health officials believe there’s still a chance to contain it we take the right precautions. In order to prevent spreading the virus, health officials ask people to check the CDC website for prevention practices. Below is a list of prevention practices the CDC recommends:
- Washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- If water and soap are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% should suffice.
- Stay home if you feel sick, but seek medical attention if needed.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that you commonly come into contact with.
- Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
Uber’s Message To Drivers
As mentioned earlier, Uber sent information to its drivers on how to prevent themselves from getting sick. Rideshare drivers play an important role for many people who don’t own vehicles or don’t have reliable transportation. For that reason, drivers come into contact with many different people throughout their workday. This makes being a rideshare driver risky at the moment with a virus spreading around the country. In fact, a number of Uber drivers stopped taking people to or picking them up from airports as fears rise. So, to help ease the mind of some drivers, Uber put out a notice to drivers on what they can do to prevent the virus from spreading. The guidelines can be found here.
Lyft’s Message To Drivers
Similar to Uber’s guidelines, Lyft has also put out information for its drivers on how to handle the viral outbreak. Many rideshare drivers use the vehicle for work as well as for general life tasks. So rideshare drivers should be extra cautious with their passenger seats. A previous blog spoke about the best ways to keep your car interior sanitary. Included in that blog was a study of the back seats of rideshare cars and the ensuing germ build-up. For that reason, all rideshare drivers should disinfect an area where passengers sit or touch.
Whether you already are a rideshare driver, or you are thinking about it, rideshare insurance is a must. While most rideshare companies have insurance policies for their drivers, that coverage stops when you are off the clock. However, with rideshare insurance, a driver is covered in between rides, when their company’s coverage is not active. As a word of advice, any plans you make to start driving for a rideshare company must be disclosed to your insurance company. An insurer may terminate your policy if you do not disclose what you plan on doing with the vehicle. Rideshare insurance quotes are easy to find and allow you to see multiple plans to compare coverages and prices.
Recap On Prevention
Whether a person drives for a rideshare company or not, the coronavirus poses a threat to everyone. As you would find on either Lyft or Uber’s website, the CDC is the information hub for this kind of matter. They recommend people do their best to stay healthy by practicing good hygiene and staying away from sick people. As more cases begin to emerge its important to stay calm, have a plan, and use reliable sources such as the CDC.