Uber drivers scared of coronavirus are refusing to pick up airport passengers

Uber drivers scared of coronavirus are refusing to pick up airport passengers

Business·2020-02-28 06:02

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Some Uber drivers, anxious about the coronavirus outbreak, say they’ve taking matters into their own hands to avoid exposure to the illness.

On web forums and in interviews with Business Insider, drivers said they’re avoiding picking up passengers from airports, cutting down their hours, and cleaning their cars more frequently.

US health officials companies to operate under the assumption that an outbreak could occur in the United States in the near future.

Drivers said they haven’t heard any official communication from Uber about best practices for avoiding transmission or how the company planned to act in the case of an outbreak.

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For Uber drivers, letting dozens of travelers into their personal vehicles every day is routine. Coronavirus may be changing that.

US experts and government agencies have warned that an outbreak of COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, could be imminent, but Uber drivers say they haven’t heard any official guidance from Uber itself. As a result, drivers are taking matters into their own hands as fears of the virus swirl.

In interviews with Business Insider, Uber drivers echoed fears that have been circulating in web forums for drivers over the past month. (Drivers are referred to by only their first names to protect their identities, which Business Insider has verified.)

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