The world is still suffering from a pandemic, due to the novel coronavirus, or more known as COVID-19.

It’s so serious that a lot of countries have issued community quarantines to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading since this virus is allegedly contagious and deadly. Due to the pandemic, many companies have been severely affected, causing many business owners and employees to lose their jobs.

Thankfully, for OTR and hotshot truckers, their industry remains stable and unaffected because a lot of supplies like medicine and food supplies need immediate transport, and truckers are the perfect people for this job.

By the way, what is COVID-19 virus and what are its symptoms?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of illness-causing viruses — from the common cold to severe diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). The novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19, however, is a new strain discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Signs of infection include cough, shortness of breath, fever, respiratory symptoms, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Hotshot truckers, however, do have a significant advantage since they control their own time. However, they are also at a great disadvantage since they are exposed to the virus by traveling to different places and being exposed to different types of people.

Here are some ways that hotshot truckers can get the COVID-19 virus:

1. Getting in close contact with a person who is infected by the coronavirus disease. The virus is mostly transmitted through sneezing or coughing, where the droplets can enter the mouth, nose, or even eyes.

2. Touching things or objects that an infected person has touched. This can happen, especially if they move shipments or cargo loads to and from their trucks.

Here are some safety tips for truckers to follow to avoid being infected by the COVID-19 virus:

1. Always make it a habit to wash your hands with soap and water after holding things or using the bathroom. The virus is found anywhere, primarily if an infected person had held those things before you did.

2. Sanitize your hands with a 70% solution alcohol or an alcohol-based gel sanitizer. Disinfect your surroundings with an antibacterial disinfectant, or you can even make your own. Add 1 part of bleach or chlorine to 9 parts of water. Use it to spray in your truck’s seats and your steering wheel. That way, you will minimize the spread of the virus. You can also make your own hand gel sanitizer. Just mix equal parts of 70% isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel.

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as the virus can enter those passageways easily. Wear a face mask to be sure that you protect yourself from getting infected, especially if you cannot observe social distancing in some places.

4. Make sure that you practice good habits and proper hygiene. After being outside for too long, take a bath and wash the clothes you wore outside to remove all contaminants. Disinfect your shoes as well.

5. Take supplements such as Vitamin C to help boost your immune system. This might not really cure the virus, but at least it can minimize the risk of being infected, and it can also help your immune system be healthier.

6. Avoid going to crowded areas and observe social distancing. We know that this is a big challenge for truckers, but it is one of the best ways to prevent contracting and spreading the virus. The World Health Organization recommends a distance of at least 1 meter or 3 feet from people who are sneezing or coughing.

7. If you feel feverish, make sure to have yourself checked up by a doctor. If ever you show a positive result, you can be quarantined for 14 days until you recover from the disease.

These tips cannot entirely prevent you from getting the virus, but it might minimize the chances of you getting infected. This pandemic is a big issue and is making our lives difficult. But if we observe and follow these safety tips, a lot will benefit, and many will be saved.