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How Can Truck Drivers Fight the Coronavirus

How Can Truck Drivers Fight the Coronavirus

 

Truck drivers in Edmonton are in a unique position right now as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeps across the globe. The virus does not discriminate--anyone can be affected, and truck drivers are essential workers who continue to do their jobs day in and day out. This makes them more likely to come into contact with someone who has the coronavirus. But there are several steps that truck drivers can take to reduce their exposure to this highly contagious virus.
 
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First, truck drivers are already great at social distancing. Most are solo drivers, hauling loads from one place to another without anyone else in the truck cab. This is important because trucks don't provide the recommended six feet of separation between people to reduce the chance of germs spreading. So, all drivers should continue working solo--keeping the inside of the truck limited to the driver and the driver only.
 
Second, social distancing should still be observed when picking up and dropping off loads. Stand at least six feet away from anyone. If forms need to be signed, place them in a central location with one person signing and stepping away and then the other person signing and stepping away. If possible, everyone should use their own pen so germs are not transferred via that instrument, and everyone should use hand sanitizer immediately following touching the same document. While there are differing opinions on how long the coronavirus can live on things such as paper, boxes, door handles, and more (anywhere from 24-72 hours), it is always better to be safe than sorry.
 
In addition to social distancing, drivers should wear masks when in close proximity to other people. While specialized masks should be saved for hospital workers, drivers can use a cloth mask with a blue shop towel as a filter to greatly cut down on the chance of contracting coronavirus.
 

 

Third, no matter how short or long of a distance being driven, drivers should minimize unnecessary stops. Coffee stops, restroom breaks, etc. should be avoided at places that draw large crowds or have confined spaces because social distancing rules will not be able to be observed. Most dump truck drivers don't travel far from their home base, so the driver's home or the office should try to be used for any necessary stops.
 
Finally, while truck drivers might still need to go out into the world to perform their job functions, they should remain at home when not at work. The best way to stop the spread of the coronavirus is to limit exposure to other people who might be infected. Person-to-person transfer of the virus is the most common way it is spread. Staying home for such long periods is not fun, and surprisingly, it is not easy either. However, it is necessary to cut down on the risk of infection and protect not only yourself but others as well. While truck drivers still need to perform their job duties during the coronavirus crisis, it is important to take precautions to stay protected while in contact with others.
 

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