Clean your phone!

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You’re washing your hands (or using hand sanitizer) frequently – that’s great! But what is something that we have with us all the time and many of us never think about cleaning?

Your phone is an important part of your day to day life – not only does it keep you connected with your friends and family, it’s also essential for rideshare. It needs to be a part of your regular cleaning routine so that it does not become a secret carrier for germs.

However, your phone is also a delicate piece of technology! Make sure you clean it the right way, so it will be clean and undamaged.

  • Every manufacturer has specific instructions for disinfecting your phone – iPhone instructions are slightly different from Pixel instructions, for example. We recommend going to your phone manufacturer’s website and following disinfecting instructions there.
  • CNET also has an article with general advice – and what not to do, like do not use paper towels when cleaning the screen because they can leave behind dust or scratches.

Come back tomorrow and we’ll go into more on cleaning all the parts of your car. Not every surface can use the same cleaner!

What if you’re not near water and soap?

When we’re in the car, we are obviously not going to be near a sink every time we need to clean our hands. Since we want to clean our hands after each rider, this can pose a problem! Luckily, you can use hand sanitizer as a back-up.

  • According to the CDC, hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol is effective against COVID-19, so if you are driving, keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer around is a great idea for both you and the rider.

However, in many areas branded hand sanitizers like Purell are out of stock. You can make your own!

Even if you are regularly using hand sanitizer, remember to wash your hands (link to our own post) with soap and water when you get the chance. 

Come back tomorrow and we’ll talk about disinfecting your cell phone!

Wash your hands the right way!

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One of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands – but you have to do it the right way, getting every nook and cranny with soapy warm water for at least 20 seconds. (If your water is cold, you need at least 30 seconds.)

But how does this work to prevent viral spread?

Make sure to come back tomorrow, when we’ll talk more about hands – and hand sanitizer!

What if I have bills to pay?

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We talked about federal and state relief yesterday, but many of us also have other bills as well. Here are some of the most helpful guides we’ve found for navigating the different financial institutions:

If you have chosen to stop driving for now, it may also make sense to change your policy to a non-operational status, which will keep you covered. Check with your bank to confirm any details regarding any insurance requirements for loans you may have.

Don’t forget to reactivate once you return to work!

Finally, individual states may offer their own forms of relief. Make sure to check your state’s website for more help.

If you are staying on the road during this time, come back tomorrow for our tips on protecting yourself and your rider!

Hurting for money? We have some options for you

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For many of us, COVID-19 has dramatically affected our take-home pay. We need to know what’s available so we can help ourselves.

  • Both Uber and Lyft have committed to providing funds to drivers who have confirmed COVID-19 cases.

However, even if you aren’t infected, in the US you may still be eligible for the stimulus package – and unemployment benefits under a new bill.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more help with your financial health!

Coronavirus: What you need to know

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The purpose of this blog is to update rideshare drivers during the Coronavirus crisis. Let’s make sure we’re all up to date on what exactly Coronavirus COVID-19 is, and what to do if you think you have it:

We also recommend checking out WHO’s page on mythbusters – and yes, you can even get COVID-19 if you live in a very hot or very cold environment.

Stay up to date with Uber and Lyft on their own Coronavirus Updates page:

Check back tomorrow for updates on how to apply for financial assistance!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & Updates

The safety and well‑being of everyone who uses Uber is always our priority. We are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID‑19) situation and are taking steps to help keep our communities safe.

To stay up to date with Uber’s latest Coronavirus updates, please visit their website here