Is It Safe To Take An Uber, Lyft Or Taxi During Coronavirus?

PISC Senior Scholar M. Kit Delgado, MD, weighs in on the safety of ridesharing services in a recent HuffPost article. Questioned about the safety Uber and Lyft and even taxis, Dr. Delgado says this, "we know that the virus is primarily transmitted by respiratory droplets between persons in close proximity (e.g., less than 6 feet away) with higher risks in closed spaces sustained exposure (more than 10-15 minutes). Therefore, using a rideshare or taxi can be moderate to high-risk venues for exposure if someone with coronavirus is in or has recently been in the vehicle.”

Though rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are mandating their driver wear masks, Delgado points out the ambiguity of vehicle sanitization and driver wellness.

Dr. Delgado and other health experts offer guidance when considering rideshares:

  1. Look at various modes of transportation along a spectrum of risk ranging from the least to most risky.

  2. Decide if the trip is really necessary and worth the potential risk of coronavirus exposure.

  3. Research local coronavirus activity where you live.

  4. Consider your health status and that of those in your household.

  5. Compare different companies' safety and sanitation policies that are in place.

  6. Wear a mask.

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