UTHSC Works with Lyft and P&G Professional to Advise on Cleaning Process for Rideshare

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center announced a partnership with Lyft to advise the company on effective cleaning measures as a part of Lyft’s Health Safety Program.

In collaboration with UTHSC and P&G Professional (the away-from-home division of Procter & Gamble), Lyft developed the clean ride guide, a recommended vehicle cleaning process designed specifically for rideshare. The guide offers cleaning recommendations aimed at giving drivers and passengers added protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19, when used in conjunction with other prevention measures such as face coverings and riding with windows down. It also includes recommended cleaning products that are listed on the EPA-Approved Products List N for use against SARS-CoV-2.

UTHSC has been active in testing for, treating, and researching the COVID-19 disease and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early in the pandemic, UTHSC organized and implemented one of the largest drive-through testing and diagnostic efforts in the region.  UTHSC investigators also are working to develop and refine rapid blood tests for antibodies that are effective in neutralizing the virus. In addition, in UTHSC’s Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, one of only 11 in the United States, researchers are evaluating therapeutic interventions to minimize the damaging effects of the virus.