As the coronavirus cases spread around the country, it impacts the supply chain as well as the trucking companies that create health issues. The survey shows that the current effects of coronavirus may be limited, but worries are big. Researchers found that 74% of small businesses say they are not yet impacted by the pandemic, while 23% say they are being negatively affected.
COVID -19 101
Coronaviruses are the large family of viruses that are common in both humans and animals. These human coronaviruses typically cause a mild to moderate respiratory illness. The main way COVID-19 is spread to others is when an infected person coughs or sneezes. That is similar to influenza.
Symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, and cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In most cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, high acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
The fears associated with the current global spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, are beginning to affect not only US trucking industries but also have affected almost every industry such as air travel and tourism, manufacturing. While contamination is the first of the fears to come to mind for many, the fears of the virus create larger effects on the commercial trucking industry. Trucking companies are vital to getting medical and sanitation supplies and other emergency items, as well as food and water delivered. The supply chain becomes critical during this stressful time.
Late Friday, in the US, it is issued a national emergency order, the first time in the agency’s history, to suspend hours-of-service regulations for commercial vehicle drivers hauling essential coronavirus equipment and supplies in more than 50 states.
Most of the companies in the US have granted their employees to work from home as in US 1236000 people are infected and 4500 people are killed. However, one of the largest and more vulnerable groups of workers- truck drivers has to travel nationwide as well as come into contact with goods shipped. Consequences, it could affect not only truckers but also it can affect those who come into contact with.
Social distances don’t occur when you are truckers
Social distancing is a public health strategy is used to prevent or slow the spread of an infectious pathogen like a virus. It includes many methods to keep people physically separate from each other. Due to physical proximity, many pathogens go from one body to another.
But it is not possible for the truckers as they cannot maintain the social distance. Truck drivers don’t get the privilege of working from home, so they still have to interact with the public. For instance, Long haul truck drivers, whose work takes them across the country with frequent interactions with customers and other drivers can carrier for a highly communicable virus such as coronavirus.
At the same time, truckers play an important role in delivering supplies needed to lessen the epidemic, such as masks, medicine, and toilet paper that’s seemingly flying off.
Protective measures against the new coronavirus for truckers
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub kill viruses.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands pick up viruses while touching many surfaces. Once contaminated, hands transfer the virus to your eyes, mouth or nose. It can make you sick as entering into your body.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow and tissue when you cough or sneeze. Immediately dispose of the used tissue. This will protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Seek medical care if you feel fever, cough, and breathing problems
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and follow the directions of your local health authority.
To wrap-it up, trucking companies have a big role in transporting goods and services. Every type of good travels on a truck at one point or another that meets the customer requirements. Especially, in recent times when the whole world needs goods and services and they depend on transportation. Meanwhile, truckers must keep attention to their health as well. If they feel not well, they should inform the trucking companies’ owners. They also take precautions to prevent infections.