Uber’s new mask policy and what you should do when you return to driving with Uber and Lyft.

All across the country there is a hodgepodge of rules and regulations we are being asked to follow regarding Covid-19. Rideshare is an essential service no matter where you live and many drivers are starting to go back. If you are among those who have chosen to return, what are the most important things you can do to protect yourself and stay healthy?

We have a video about being a rideshare driver during this time, but yesterday Uber released the details on their new policy on wearing a mask for both drivers and riders. According to Business Insider the company will be using artificial intelligence to ensure compliance.  

The best mask is thought to be the N95 but they are hard to come by and should be reserved for medical professionals. Many people are wearing homemade masks but are they effective? According to the Cleveland Clinic, wearing one of these homemade masks won’t do much in protecting you from the virus. However if you are infected, it will help prevent you from spreading the virus to others. Since there is still limited testing available and so many people are asymptomatic, it is better to assume you have been exposed and wear a mask to protect others.

If you haven’t made a mask yet and want to give it a try, check out our resources.

Social distance remains an important part in preventing the spread of the virus. Thankfully,  UberPool and LyftLine are currently suspended making social distancing easier to achieve. When you pick up a rider, ask that they only sit in the backseat on the far side. It is also suggested that you drive with the windows down providing a lot of ventilation. 

Washing your hands for 20 seconds is one of the most effective prevention methods.  Unfortunately, quick access to running water is not something that is available to us drivers.  The next best thing is hand sanitizer which can also be hard to find. Healthline explains what you need to make your own and the simple steps to follow. I recommend carrying a bottle in the car with you at all times and offering some to each rider.

Tomorrow: Who is the best cell phone carrier for rideshare drivers?

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