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Uber, Lyft to suspend shared rides globally to 'flatten the curve' of coronavirus

Both ridesharing companies say they are monitoring the pandemic closely with guidance from officials.
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (TEGNA) — Uber and Lyft have both stated that they would suspend ridesharing to help "flatten the curve," or prevent further spread of COVID-19.

“Our goal is to help flatten the curve of community spread in the cities we serve," Uber Spokesperson Andrew MacDonald said. The company is suspending the Uber Pool service here in the United States as well as Canada, London, and Paris.

"Flattening the curve" is a recent buzzword associated with the coronavirus pandemic, alongside "social distancing." The term is essentially used as a catch-all phrase referencing preventative measures (working from home, avoiding crowded spaces) that are understood to slow and/or prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Lyft also mentioned the goal of slowing the spread of COVID-19. According to a spokesperson, Lyft is "pausing Shared rides across all of our markets."

Both ridesharing companies say they are monitoring the pandemic closely with guidance from officials.

UberEats, Uber's food delivery service, is not only still running but is also waiving delivery fees in an effort to aid local restaurants who have closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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