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On a Monday morning, two weeks ago, an Uber driver in San Francisco woke up feeling ill. He had persistent dry cough, scratched chest, shortness of breath and wheezing when breathing deeply. He knew that these were possible symptoms of COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, so he traced his past trips. Several alarming interactions came to mind, including one passenger coughing up blood and another person admitting he was infected.
San Francisco has yet to become a ghost town with most businesses closed and residents at home under mandatory "on-site shelter" orders. Everyone is still out. Beauty salons, cinemas, bars and most corporate offices are still crowded. The number of coronaviruses in the city is still small.
However, Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash, Postmate and other companies already haveTo avoid the virus, on Tuesday night it infected nearly 425,000 people and killed nearly 20,000 people worldwide. At that time, companies said they would support workers with two weeks of lost income if they were diagnosed with COVID-19. They also told their drivers and delivery people to "wipe out …