Part 1 CORONAVIRUS AND TRUCKERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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We’ve all heard the news. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is significantly affecting the lives of every
American and nearly everyone in the world, including commercial truck drivers.
Here at The Convoy Blog and BreakerOne9.com , we care about the health and welfare of our
transportation workers and want you to know what the Coronavirus is and what you can do to
protect yourself.
It just so happens that before I became a professional driver, I spent over six years as a
decontamination expert* in an elite military unit specifically developed to respond to biological
warfare and outbreaks in the US. So I can separate fact from fiction and tell you what you need
to know and do during this pandemic.

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS
BASIC INFO
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a respiratory disease that is highly contagious. It is spread primarily
through respiratory droplets dispersed through a carrier’s coughs or sneezes. The virus may
possibly live outside of a host and may infect someone who touches a contaminated surface
and then touches their nose, mouth, or eyes. However, the facts about how long the virus
survives outside of a host are not fully understood at this time. There is no current vaccine or
specific treatment for COVID-19.
STATISTICS
COVID-19 is present in nearly every country in the world. Different scientists and public health
officials speculate how many it will infect and which country will be “next.” At present, the
United States has 40,850 confirmed cases of infection. One–hundred and eighty seven have
recovered and 481 have died from the disease.

WHO IS AT RISK
To put it bluntly, nearly everyone is at risk. However, individuals (including truck drivers) who
must come in contact with a lot of people have the highest risk of infection. Of those, individuals
with previous respiratory diseases, the elderly, and those with immune deficiencies are most at
risk for severe symptoms and death.
SYMPTOMS
The most common symptoms related to the COVID-19 are fever, coughing, and shortness of
breath.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BELIEVE YOU MAY BE INFECTED
Hopefully, most transportation companies have already informed drivers about their policies.
Some companies will advise you to contact them first. Others may advise calling public health
officials or medical staff first. Some companies may tell you to park your truck and self–isolate,
and truth be told, some companies may tell you that they need you driving regardless of illness.
If you believe you are infected, you should notify your manager and call local health officials to

discuss testing and treatment. Remember, yours and your loved ones lives are most important.

However, fear of this pandemic isn’t an excuse to lay off. Most states are allowing ESSENTIAL
GOODS to be delivered. Essential goods – that means that they are essential for the nation –
food, medical equipment and supplies, basic household goods, etc. NOW MORE THAN EVER,
WE NEED HEALTHY DRIVERS DELIVERING ESSENTIAL GOODS THROUGHOUT OUR
NATION. Remember, we are the backbone of our way of life. Without us, our country and most
of the world would come to a standstill.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
Now that you know the basic information about this disease and what to expect during this
pandemic, please take the time to read the next post about what you can do to minimize your
risk of infection.

*Please note that I am not a doctor, professional health care provider, or public official. All
statements are my own opinion and are not to be confused with professional medical advice.

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