Truck Drivers And The Coronavirus

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Patrick 's Comment
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Does anybody know at what rate Truck drivers are being exposed to the coronavirus, or because of the nature of the job, are truck drivers avoiding getting the virus.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime has 8800 drivers and 17 that tested positive. this is a small amount considering we go to all 48 states, continued operations in hot zones as the largest reefer and pharmaceutical carrier, and of course go to all of the meat plants.... including the ones that closed.

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Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Mike B.'s Comment
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I was with my trainer for a month and there is no way we were six feet apart. But a lot of the shippers relievers and truck stops won't let you in with out a mask and the truck stops ive been to are cleaning around the clock.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Dewey B.'s Comment
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I am a concerned wife....hubby sat down to eat at a Denny's in one of the truckstops in either Nebraska or Missouri, and it concerns me a great deal because we are both seniors. The death rate in the USA from this thing has reached 100,000, which is staggering. How do you older drivers , or any age driver, feel about dining in at a truckstop? Especially if you have family at home? Thanks.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I am a concerned wife....hubby sat down to eat at a Denny's in one of the truckstops in either Nebraska or Missouri, and it concerns me a great deal because we are both seniors. The death rate in the USA from this thing has reached 100,000, which is staggering. How do you older drivers , or any age driver, feel about dining in at a truckstop? Especially if you have family at home? Thanks.

I choose to not live my life in fear. I don't dine at truckstops due to the nature of my job but I've taken my family, including 3 kids with oldest being 4 years old, out to eat a couple times since the state has began allowing it. We go out shopping as a family to stores that allow it and if the playgrounds were open we'd be out there too. The zoo's are starting to open so we'll be there too. Take basic precautions of hand washing and you should be ok. I'm far more concerned of being hit head on by an oncoming truck than some overhyped virus.

What is the difference if he sits and a table or goes inside and grabs a cup of coffee that others may have touched while putting it down, the countertops, money, credit card machine, door handle etc. This virus is likely not going to disappear. With all the antibiotics and disinfectants everybody is using to fight it its instead mutating and becoming worse. I learned that back in 7th grade science. It's no secret that the numbers have been inflated to say they died of Covid-19 just because they had it but they really died of a heart attack. New studies show that in Wuhan they tested a small group of people and discovered 42% of the people had it but didn't know it. A cruise to Antarctica had 81% of those tested come back positive with no symptoms.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Dewey B.'s Comment
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It is said that preexisting conditions, especially in seniors, can exacerbate the virus, so if you have heart issues, it can affect your heart, and so on. Most people my age have preexisting conditions, plus, our immune system is not what it used to be. So, it's very scarey, to me, especially when some have NO SYMPTOMS, but can infect and kill someone my age. Be thankful if you are young & healthy, because that's what's needed to stay well and prevail against this silent enemy

Old School's Comment
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it's very scarey, to me, especially when some have NO SYMPTOMS, but can infect and kill someone my age.

Let's set a couple things straight. People with no symptoms are not running around killing old people. The virus can be deadly, but so can the flu. We can't equate non symptomatic people with homicidal secret agents slipping around unnoticed.

The death rate in the USA from this thing has reached 100,000, which is staggering.

Also 100,000 dead is not "the death rate." That's total dead, and the data isn't very accurate because they are blaming all kinds of deaths on this virus. The death rate is likely less than 1.5% from everything I can tell.

I understand your concerns. I'm not minimizing them, but do you and Dewey need this income? I think you do. It's his job now. If you guys are frightened, what else do you think he could do that could possibly keep him more quarantined than driving a truck? Goodness, this job keeps you separated from everybody. I was speaking on the phone with my wife the other day and I commented that I have not touched another human being for six weeks! I maybe have contact with one or two persons a day, and none of them will even shake hands with me. I feel like a modern day leper!

I eat at restaurants on occasion. It's becoming more common for them to be open now. I have no problem with it. They are actively cleaning everything so much I'm more afraid the disinfectant is going to make me sick!

I'm 61 years old. I've been to all the "hot spots" in the country. I've delivered in Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, and New Orleans. I've never felt better.

I'm sure I'm not helping you relieve your fears, but you have to weigh the risks as compared to the rewards. If it's not worth the risk, then find another way to make your living. I know Dewey is new at this, and probably not making the big bucks yet, but if he hones his skills and learns how to handle himself out here there's a lot of potential for him.

Try to ease up on the 24 hour news cycle, and find something productive to do for yourself or your grandchildren. That will ease your mind and help to occupy it with something besides fretting and doom and gloom.

You two are probably not accustomed to being apart from one another. Try to occupy your time with some friends or family. Turn off the television and the radio. They are not conducive to your personal peace right now.

I hope maybe I hit a couple of notes that might resonate with you. I hate to see you fretting and worrying over Dewey because it will really affect his ability to succeed at trucking. There's nothing harder on a trucker than knowing their spouse is unhappy or uncomfortable with them being on the road.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dewey B.'s Comment
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Old School....thanks for your response. You made some really good points! Dewey has been driving for 20+ years, but lost a job July of 2019 because of a careless driving ticket. He had a heck of a time finding an outfit to hire him, but finally, was hired 2 weeks ago, albeit on a probationary basis. He'll be 72 this winter. Just thought I'd share these few facts with you. :-)

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Also 100,000 dead is not "the death rate." That's total dead, and the data isn't very accurate because they are blaming all kinds of deaths on this virus.

The death rate is wildly exaggerated. Wildly. In fact, I would personally say criminally exaggerated.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came out with ‘Guidelines for Certifying Covid-19 Deaths’ that clearly states the following:

In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID-19 cannot be made, but it is suspected or likely (e.g. the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as “probable” or “presumed”

Why did the CDC release guidelines that will certify questionable Covid-19 deaths in the first place? One answer to that question is that First and foremost, The CDC and the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) want to scare the public about the seriousness of the outbreak, which it is serious especially for the elderly and those with serious health issues. But they also want the public to believe that a future vaccine that is already in development is needed to combat the Coronavirus. For Big Pharma, an elevated death toll with inflated numbers will allow the state to vaccinate the public because of the fear factor. The bigger the number, the more people will want the Covid-19 vaccine so that they themselves won’t end up being part of that statistic. The CDC is pro-Big Pharma and pro-vaccine. As more data is released down the road, unsettling truths about the death toll will be revealed and hopefully, people will wake up from the mass hysteria.

Never in history has the CDC issued guidance that says you should consider something to be the cause of death in spite of comorbidity, pre-existing conditions, or an utter lack of proof. In other words, if someone shows up that is 86 years old with congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and cough they should just call it Coronavirus, which is exactly what they have done. They've also done this in Spain, France, Italy, and the UK.

It's extremely hard to find the truth out there because Google, Facebook, and Twitter are all actively censoring our news. They have even censored opinions from medical doctors who haven't agreed with the government consensus.

The truth is out there and it's plain to see if you're looking for it.

Here is the best rundown I've heard on the topic from the Tony Robbins podcast, which includes interviews from the following people:

  • Dr. Michael Levitt, PhD, Nobel Prize – Chemistry; Professor of Structural Biology, Stanford University
  • Dr. Eran Bendavid, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
  • Dr. Michael Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus, Cleveland Clinic
  • Dr. Alan Preston, Sc.D, Former Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Texas A&M University
  • Senator Scott Jensen, M.D., Family Physician; Senator (R-Minnesota)
  • Dr. Dan Erickson, M.D., Co-Owner, Accelerated Urgent Care
  • Dr. Artin Massihi, M.D., Co-Owner, Accelerated Urgent Care

It's a long podcast - almost 2 1/2 hours - but it's worth every second. It will put your mind at ease and help people understand the truth about what's really going on here.

COVID-19 FACTS FROM THE FRONTLINE

A PANEL OF DOCTORS, M.D.S, AND A NOBEL PRIZE WINNER UNMASK THE SCIENCE YOU AREN’T HEARING ON TV

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Dewey has been driving for 20+ years

Thanks for the reminder! I forget the personal details about you guys. There's too many of you for me to keep up with.

Seriously though, the news coverage of this event is pathetic. It can't even be called news - it's propaganda. Listen to that Podcast Brett provided a link to. It's troubling in itself, only on a different level.

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