3 Ways Truckers Can Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Not only is it important to practice cleanliness but it’s also important to eat clean too!
As professional drivers, truckers are held to a higher standard, and rightfully so. After all, we are the backbone of America. And one of our main concerns is being attentive to our surroundings.
While the world faces a global outbreak, it has become our personal responsibility to exercise cleanliness and to keep our environment sanitized. Many truck stop chains throughout the country, are doing their part by encouraging social distancing, but we must take all precautions when it comes to protecting ourselves. With more and more cases being reported, we must be careful that America’s necessities are the only thing being transported.
The first way to stop the spread of COVID-19, is by keeping the virus from entering your body in the first place. By eating healthier foods, commercial drivers are building up their body’s immune systems, which helps reduce the risk of becoming a host to this deadly disease.
Here’s a few items to pick up the next time you’re by a supermarket
Kale – immune boosting vegetable packed with Vitamin C
Spinach – another leafy vegetable high in Vitamin C packed with antioxidants
Collard Greens – contains vitamins that helps produce immune cells that fight off viruses
Vitamins C – An antioxidant that prevents certain cancers and heart disease
Prunes – contains very high levels of antioxidants that helps support the overall health of your lungs
Walnuts – have Vitamin E that helps fight off pathogens and protect your immune system
There’s a controversial belief that bacteria can live on the surface of items we frequently come into contact with, for weeks at a time! If this is true, drivers are in frequent contact with their steering wheel, gear shift, dash controls, and door handles! In the current state, having a separate set of PPE (personal protective equipment) to protect you from inside elements will definitely come in handy.
Which brings us to our 2nd precaution that “CD’s” should exercise. Using a separate set of PPE’s while you’re INSIDE of your vehicle.
Antibacterial Soap/ Hand Sanitizer
Yes, as corny as it may seem, drivers should consider wearing a facemask inside of their vehicle, preventing contact with this airborne disease coming through the ventilation.
Last but not least, because of the global health pandemic, and people who lack basic survivor skills, there is limited supply of basic household necessities! Including the most significant, antibacterial products. So, the 3rd tip is whenever there’s a shortage, restock your personal supply using the restroom’s antibacterial dispensers or even look for public wall stations with hand sanitizers.
In closing, it’s important to note that these sterilizing products kills both good and bad bacteria!
Why is this important?
By over sanitizing your environment, you are potentially wiping out the “good” bacteria that will help fight off the “bad!”
So, by all means, sterilize commonly used areas but do not overdo it!