Mar 14, 2020 - Health

Podcast: Coronavirus sends cities scrambling

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Uber Pool service halted amid coronavirus outbreak

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Uber suspended its Uber Pool service in the United States and Canada in an attempt to help protect riders and drivers from the novel coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Tuesday, per TechCrunch.

What they're saying: “Our goal is to help flatten the curve of community spread in the cities we serve," Andrew Macdonald, senior vice president of Uber Rides and Platform, told BuzzFeed in a statement. “We remain in close contact with local leaders and will continue to work with them to discourage non-essential travel.”

In mayors' offices, men far outnumber women

Data: Axios research; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Out of the 50 largest U.S. cities, only 15 have female mayors. That proportion stays the same when looking at the largest 100 cities: 70% of mayors are men.

The big picture: Women are running for office at every level of government. Although Elizabeth Warren's withdrawal effectively ended the chance of electing a woman to the presidency this year, there's progress elsewhere.

Podcast: Misinformation in the coronavirus age

Accurate information could be the difference between life and death, putting extra responsibility on news outlets, social media companies and public officials to be sure of what they report, amplify and say. Dan digs into the state of media and media trust with Axios' Sara Fischer.

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