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Uber and Lyft Drivers Weigh Risk of Safety Against Paycheck

  • Many ride-hailing drivers got a boost after virus, study says
  • Drivers avoid airport trips and second-guess Chinese riders
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Many Lyft Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. drivers have seen a bump in business from the spreading coronavirus, but they’re also weighing the risks of staying safe versus continuing to earn a paycheck.

A study to be published Friday shows that more than half of ride-hailing drivers said they were now “very concerned” about reduced earnings as a result of the virus and 41% said they’ve modified their driving strategy as a result. These changes include reducing hours, refusing airport rides and halting driving entirely.