The fears that are currently associated with the pandemic known as COVID-19(Coronavirus) have made their way into nearly every industry, including the trucking industry. One of the main fears that many people have is contamination, but this deadly virus can have a significant impact on the commercial trucking industry.
States are closely monitoring the spread of the virus and are releasing information on steps that should be taken to ensure the safety of everyone. The trucking industry has felt the heavy impact of the virus because many companies have been operating with little to no guidance about the virus.
Since the virus can be transmitted from Person A to Person B, there have not been any unique handling requirements put in place when it comes to shipments. Trucking companies are advised to request that their employees remain home if they are feeling sick until it has been at least 24 hours since they have had a fever.
Trucking companies are also advised to remind their drivers to wash their hands as frequently as possible and disinfect their trucks, especially the areas that are frequently touched. If a trucking company learns that at least one of the drivers has been in contact with a person who has been tested positive for COVID-19 that the manager is alerted immediately.
Unfortunately, many businesses and trucking companies have not been given enough or any information on how to navigate the virus on the road. When drivers are on the road, it is not easy to put a hold on all travel that is unneeded. With many people attempting to stockpile on goods during this outbreak, more products and packaging are being shipped. However, according to the CDC(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there is not a high risk of spreading the virus during shipments. Generally, the virus is thought to be spread by respiratory droplets.
While truck demands continue to rise, truckers will begin to worry about a loss of income due to their inability to work due to the virus. For now, we encourage truckers to monitor events and educate themselves on the virus. For more information on how the coronavirus is impacting the trucking industry, please do not hesitate to reach out to us today.