KEY POINTS

  • Several reports surfaced recently claiming that US President Trump is planning to lockdown New York City
  • At this point, there is no confirmation about the possible lockdown of New York City due to COVID-19
  • A Uber and Lyft driver shares his preventive measure in securing that he and his passengers would not contract COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic altered the way we live. In the US, the government now encourages everyone to stay at home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. But, some have to brave the fears and chaos of the current situation to support our family and to help other people.

One of them is the 59 years old Eduardo Marino of Hollis, Queen. Despite the call to stay at home, Marino becomes much busier, driving passengers using Lyft and Uber. In a report from the New York Post, the 59 years old driver revealed that he used to work 40 hours a week before, but now he estimated that it might be around 60 hours per week.

But, people like Marino are vulnerable to the COVID-19, considering that they could not tell which passenger is infected and which is healthy. The Uber driver is well aware of the situation and has his own set of preventive measures to ensure that he and his passengers would not contract the deadly virus. In the report, Marino reveals the precautions he does every day.

The Uber ride-hailing app said Mexico City health authorities requested information in January on a possible carrier of coronavirus The Uber ride-hailing app said Mexico City health authorities requested information in January on a possible carrier of coronavirus Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / SCOTT OLSON

It includes disinfecting his vehicle every day with Clorox wipes, followed by spraying a coat of Lysol. Apart from this, Marino shared that after two or three passengers, he stops and disinfects the vehicle once again. The 59 years old Uber and Lyft driver also uses latex examination gloves when disinfecting his vehicle and wears a facemask.

Marino has an 88-year-old mother with whom he lives with, and he shared that he has to protect himself and his mother. He also shared with the site that he is not afraid of the risk. He added that he could have stayed home if he is afraid.

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19, “As with other respiratory infections like the flu or the common cold, public health measures are critical to slow the spread of illnesses. Public health measures are everyday preventive actions that include staying home when sick, covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. 

The WHO also recommends “Dispose of used tissue immediately, washing hands often with soap and water, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.”