But a number of drivers informed Source Business they believed they’d qualify for much-needed monetary help from Uber if that they had underlying well being circumstances primarily based on the preliminary language the corporate detailed. Some, like Knesak, tried to use for help earlier than the corporate additional up to date its language to specify individuals would solely qualify in the event that they had been liable to spreading coronavirus. Others do not need entry to medical insurance or a main care doctor to offer a health care provider’s word even when the corporate would think about it.
“The growing fear and disruption caused by the coronavirus is being felt by everyone around the world. We know this is especially true for people who drive and deliver with Uber,” an Uber spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. “We have a dedicated team working around the clock to support drivers and delivery people. We are providing up to 14 days financial assistance to drivers diagnosed with COVID-19, or individually asked to be quarantined by a public health authority due to a risk of spreading COVID-19 as announced on 3/15.”
In an announcement to Source Business, Lyft mentioned: “This is an unprecedented situation and we are doing everything we can to meet the challenge. We have already diverted team members away from other areas to handle these inquiries full-time, and are actively adding more resources, to help address these inquiries as quickly as possible.”
In the meantime, although, some drivers must work but additionally know doing so might compromise their well being.
Steve Gregg, an Uber driver within the Bay Area who organizes for Gig Workers Rising, mentioned he equally tried to use for monetary assist final week utilizing a health care provider’s word, earlier than Uber added extra specificity to its coverage. Gregg, 51, mentioned he has a number of underlying circumstances that make him keep residence amid the pandemic. He’s borderline diabetic, has compromised lungs, and hypertension.
He obtained a rejection discover from Uber that mentioned he was not “eligible for financial assistance because your documentation does not indicate that you have been exposed to COVID19, have been tested for COVID19, or have been diagnosed with COVID19.”
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” mentioned Gregg, who famous he doesn’t have medical insurance. He had a weekly Avis automotive rental fee of $250 per week, one thing he gave up this week.
Erica Mighetto, an Uber and Lyft driver who’s at the moment within the Berkeley space, mentioned she equally has a automotive mortgage to pay for, however has a coronary heart situation and is fearful about persevering with to work. “My car payment is a month behind, I need to make another payment on the 28th.”
“As gig economy workers we are put in a really tough spot — you’d think it would be a really easy decision,” she informed Source Business. “If I don’t work and we get past all of this, I’m not just starting from square one, I’m starting without a car.”