Last December, the entire world started hearing about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, it was an outbreak of a respiratory illness in the city of Wuhan in China. As the weeks went by, it worsened and the WHO (World Health Organization) announced it as the deadliest coronavirus pandemic of all. The virus has been affecting the economy, lifestyle, and jobs worldwide. In the United States, truckers are very scared, since they are in constant contact with people in many different cities and fear for contagion. Therefore, they need to pay attention to the following symptoms:
- Sore Throat
- Shortness of Breath
- Chills & Fatigue
- Impaired Liver & Kidney Function
- Muscle Aches & Pain
- Runny Nose & Sneezing
These symptoms, very similar to those that occur in the flu, can take up to fourteen days to be detected after exposure to the virus. At this stage that many truckers continue to move loads must constantly check their temperature to check for fever and also detect cough and shortness of breath. If you have these problems stop immediately and seek medical help, as this disease can quickly progress to fatal pneumonia.
Who is at the highest risk of getting very seriously ill?
- Elderly people
- People with chronic medical conditions such:
• Lung disease
• Heart disease
The prevention methods are:
- Wash hands constantly
Truckers always move from one place to another and use their hands at all times. They sign papers, count the cargo, open the doors of the warehouses, load diesel, pay, etc. Therefore, it is recommended to them wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is the best way to combat this virus.
- When sneezing or coughing truckers should
Cover their nose and mouth with their folded arm or disposable tissues and dispose of them immediately, so they don`t spread germs or viruses to others. They should immediately go to wash their hands. If truckers are on the road and don`t have a bathroom nearby, they can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. And clean the steering wheel and gear lever to be virus free.
- Remain 6 feet distance with other people
This distance will decrease their chances of getting this deadly virus.
- Don’t touch mouth, nose and eyes
Truckers in the midst of people should wear masks and be careful to touch their mouth, nose, and eyes. Because they can catch the virus on surfaces, so it is important to them to wash their hands frequently or use alcohol with gel.
- Seek Medical assistance if you have the aforementioned symptoms