Uber is aiming to make it simpler for its drivers to determine if they have been contaminated with free assessments to all US-based Uber drivers and supply folks., the illness brought on by the novel coronavirus. The ride-hailing firm stated Thursday that it is partnering with telemedicine service Ro to present
Ro already has free COVID-19 assessments for anybody who desires them, however with its partnership with Uber there will likely be a devoted portal for drivers to make use of.
“We need to encourage all unbiased staff, whether or not or not they work with Uber, to take full benefit of Ro’s free COVID telehealth evaluation,” an Uber spokesman advised CNET.
Gig staff — like Uber and Lyft drivers and supply folks for Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates — are thought of important staff. This implies they’ll proceed to work throughout the pandemic, delivering meals to folks in quarantine and transporting medical staff to and from the hospital.
As a result of gig staff are nonetheless working, they’re extra susceptible to contracting COVID-19. Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers have been contaminated with or uncovered to the coronavirus, based on , and not less than 5 drivers have died from the illness.
Sure drivers’ teams, just like the Unbiased Drivers Guild based mostly in New York, have been pushing Uber and Lyft for weeks to supply drivers with free telemedicine advantages. As a result of gig staff are labeled as unbiased contractors, reasonably than staff, they do not qualify for firm medical health insurance or sick go away. In an effort to handle this, the Unbiased Drivers Guild has been offering its members with its personal telehealth providers by way of a partnership with the nonprofit Black Automotive Fund.
On Tuesday, Lyft introduced it was partnering with digital well being supplier One Medical. By this partnership, Lyft drivers can get a free 30-day trial membership to One Medical’s digital platform. In sure instances, and in particular cities, One Medical will present COVID-19 testing. After the trial membership is up, drivers should pay for the service.
When requested for remark, Lyft directed CNET to its weblog submit on the partnership.
Telemedicine has surged throughout the pandemic. A number of corporations, reminiscent of Callondoc, Galileo and HealthTap, provide free and discounted digital check-ups. Ro is concentrated on offering free telehealth assessments to individuals who suppose they might have COVID-19 signs. Its assessments go over folks’s signs, journey historical past and up to date interactions.
With Ro, if the system signifies that somebody could have the virus, the corporate will join them with a well being care supplier for a free digital session. The supplier will make suggestions however can’t diagnose or check for COVID-19. Folks do not must pay for any a part of this course of.
“Throughout these tough occasions, we need to assist everybody get entry to high-quality recommendation and assets for COVID-19,” a Ro spokesperson stated. “Telehealth might help preserve sufferers and healthcare staff secure and reserve in-person take care of these most in want.”
As a part of Uber’s partnership with Ro, the ride-hailing firm is contacting all of its drivers and supply folks to allow them to know concerning the service. It is also created a joint web site with Ro particularly for its staff. The corporate stated that the assessments with Ro are confidential and will not be disclosed to Uber. It added that it will not obtain any private info on drivers’ well being or signs.
Uber stated it first piloted the partnership with drivers in Michigan, Louisiana and Georgia and throughout the first week greater than 500 assessments have been began. So, it determined to develop this system to all drivers throughout the US.