The coronavirus outbreak is affecting many workers, but it could hit those in the gig economy particularly hard when many of them don’t get sick leave or other benefits. Those companies may help soften the blow for some of their workers, though. To start, Uber said in a statement to Engadget that it would compensate drivers worldwide for both Uber and Uber Eats if they’re either infected by the coronavirus or quarantined by a public health agency for “a period of up to 14 days.” Drivers have already received compensation in “some markets,” Uber said, alluding to a Bloomberg report that it had compensated quarantined drivers in Mexico and the UK.
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