The COVID-19 pandemic has become the central topic and a major preoccupation of the media and the public. The outbreak has created uncertainty for individuals, families, as well as businesses and self-employed workers like yourself.
We want to assure you that Splend is not just here to give you a set of wheels. Our teams are on hand to help you stay healthy, safe, and well-informed during this exceptional period.
Uber announced a series of steps to assist drivers worldwide and help health authorities in an effort to contain the epidemic:
People are being encouraged to avoid crowded places and public transport, so there’s a raised demand for ridesharing, which is expected to heighten in the upcoming days. Driving during this period carries an increased responsibility.
Read this 5-step guide and take all the precautions you can to avoid getting infected and help curb the spreading of the virus.
We wash our hands every day, but is it thorough enough to kill this new coronavirus?
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams explains how to wash your hands correctly:
We know that cleaning your car is an important part of your work on any given day. However, during the outbreak, it’s important to also disinfect at least the frequently touched surfaces.
We recommend getting both disinfectant spray and antibacterial wipes and using them multiple times a day on these surfaces:
With supplies running low, it might be hard to get these products. Uber is working to provide drivers with disinfectants to help them keep their cars clean.
Use this checklist to make sure you don’t miss any frequently-touched spots:
When you don’t have access to running water to wash your hands, you can use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Again, finding hand sanitizer may prove tricky so try a number of different stores in between rides.
By far the most effective way to keep safe and stop the spreading of the coronavirus or any infectious disease is to minimise personal contact and self-isolation during the incubation period, even if you’re feeling well.
If you don’t want to self-isolate and continue to work, you can limit your exposure by doing less rideshare driving and shifting your focus more towards UberEATS or Amazon deliveries.
If you’ve been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus carrier or you’re not feeling well, it’s important to self-isolate and keep an eye on your symptoms. These include:
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
Important: only call 111 if you can’t get help online.
It might be difficult to avoid getting sucked into the panic spiral, but it’s important to realize that the empty streets and more and more people wearing masks is a good sign, meaning that we’re starting to take this epidemic seriously. The more careful we all are these few days, the sooner things get back to normal.
We encourage you to keep your calm, take all the necessary precautions, and stay safe.
Finally, some words of encouragement from Uber themselves:
Maintaining your Uber Pro status
The last thing you should have to worry about is losing your Uber Pro status. We are protecting the current Uber Pro status for all drivers for the remainder of this qualifying period.Support options
We’re all in this together, and dealing with the crisis is our common goal. Read our guides below to see what support packages and alternative income opportunities you can rely on during these difficult times.
Other COVID-19 resources
At Splend we help on-demand drivers thrive, and we continue to help our members through the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Our dedicated Member Success Representatives and Member Care Team are on standby to answer any questions you might have.
Simply call us on 0333 016 4331