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Uber Tackle Coronavirus by Suspending its Drivers

Uber has suspended hundreds of customer accounts in Mexico, after discovering two of its drivers had transported a passenger infected with coronavirus.

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Uber Suspends its Drivers

The company said it had suspended 240 passenger accounts, as well as the two drivers, just in case the drivers had contracted the virus and passed it on.

The ride-hailing giant has temporarily suspended roughly 240 user accounts in Mexico to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In a statement on Twitter, Uber said it suspended the accounts in Mexico because those users had come in contact with two drivers possibly exposed to the virus.

The company acted after receiving information from the Mexico City health department about a passenger who may have been a carrier of the virus. The affected accounts include two drivers who transported the individual, along with about 240 passengers who came in contact with those drivers.

It said none of them had developed any symptoms, but it would continue to monitor the situation. The affected passengers will not be able to use Uber for two weeks.

The Story as Told by Uber

When he arrived back in the United States he was tested positive for coronavirus. At present, there have been no confirmed coronavirus infections in Mexico. However, it can take about two weeks for symptoms to develop.

It said it had also sent them information about where to get healthcare information. Mexico’s Ministry of Health said it was monitoring the situation. It said officers had also visited the Hilton Mexico City Reforma hotel, where the infected man had stayed, to check on staff. They warned that the man would have been infectious, but no hotel staff have developed symptoms yet.

Coronavirus as we know it!!

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses known for containing strains that cause potentially deadly diseases in mammals and birds. In humans they’re typically spread via airborne droplets of fluid produced by infected individuals.

Some rare but notable strains, including Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV), and those responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), can cause death in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Beware of These Signs

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

First described in detail in the 1960s, the coronavirus gets its name from a distinctive corona or ‘crown’ of sugary-proteins that projects from the envelope surrounding the particle. Encoding the virus’s make-up is the longest genome of any RNA-based virus – a single strand of nucleic acid roughly 26,000 to 32,000 bases long.


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