The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of life for people around the world. One of these facets is the movement of goods people use every day. In the United States, long-distance truck drivers move about 75% of these items around the country and to your corner store. Here are three ways drivers can slow the spread of COVID-19.
1. Use personal protective equipment.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face coverings. While durable mask styles such as N-95 masks should be left to health care workers, bandanas, cloth face coverings, and disposable masks provide protection. When it comes to COVID-19 and trucking industry, preventative measures help protect not only individual drivers but populations around the country where each driver makes contact.
2. Know the symptoms of COVID-19.
Truck drivers should know the symptoms of COVID-19. They include:
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste
Those who have allergies should bring medicines with them and use them, thereby minimizing allergy symptoms that could be mistaken for signs of COVID-19.
3. Adopt safer payment methods.
Paper bills and even coins can be dirty and hold germs. During this pandemic, they can actually be a means of spreading COVID-19. Truck drivers instead should opt to pay with debit cards or use touch less payment methods.
Everyone has had to adjust their lives and habits during these days of the pandemic, including truck drivers. Just as they help others by keeping store shelves stocked and important medical equipment available, drivers should protect themselves by taking specific precautions.