Truckers Struck With COVID-19

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I had to take 2 weeks off unpaid unless I wanted to use my vacation which. I only used 3 days, so I'd have some for when I wanted to be off.

Days 3 to 5 or 6 I couldn't have worked I was so tired it wouldn't have been safe. Also had some coughing fits that wouldn't have been safe on the road.

Hope you feel better soon!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I forgot to mention I had to text in daily to my operations manager with my symptoms. Also got a call from my regional HR person asking me who I was in contact with after I started feeling sick, which was no one since I started feeling sick on what is my Monday morning.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Little Chief.

Last week, for the first time in 15 years, I was sick. Because I was on the road so I just kept rolling along through the aches and pains, the fever & chills, sore throat, and general overall feeling of unwellness. I didn't know if if it was flu or Sars-CoV-2. I took precautions such as masking when I went into the shipping and receiving offices. It was weird; as long as I was driving I felt alert and was able to concentrate. But man, when I would shut down for the day all I could do is lay around and mope. Really tough to get going in the mornings, but once I did I was good for about 12 hours. I'm not sharing this to sound macho and that I can or will work through anything. It really was weird that when I was driving I was good to go. When I wasn't, all I wanted to do was sleep.

I went to an urgent care on Friday when I got off the Road - I tested positive for Sars-cov-2. At that point I was already trough the 5 day window going onto day 7 from symptom onset. But, I will continue to limit my contact with others and wear a mask. I do a lot of drop and hook work anyway.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Oh, best wishes for you as well.

here are the CDC guidelines as well. CDC COVID guidelines

Rob T.'s Comment
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Hope you feel better soon.

I myself have been laid up for a few days. Fortunately, it isn't covid. Can't test positive if ya don't get tested smile.gif. I'm only joking it isn't that kind of sickness.

My issues are more digestive. Felt a little off Tuesday during an extra route I took. Took an hour nap at work, came home slept another 3 hours or so and felt somewhat fine. Helped a neighbor clean up some downed trees and came inside and went to bed. Woke up 3am with digestive issues. Thankfully I was home and not in a truck somewhere. Frequent trips into the restroom continued until Friday when I started to felt great. Ran to Lowes, ate Wendy's and spent the afternoon outside doing yard work and having fun with the kids. 6pm get to the first of our 2 tball games and I run to restroom. Last 2 days more of what I dealt with last week. Actually went into urgent care this morning which I've not done in several years. 2 hour wait and likely couple hundred dollars to tell me just keep using immodium AD for relief, and there's no visible issue, let it run (pun intended )rofl-3.gif its course. Weird thing is there's no other signs of food poisoning, no vomiting, cramping etc just loose stools. I was supposed to have a physical with my primary last Wednesday but scheduling goofed up so they called couple weeks ago to bump me to this Wednesday. We're thinking those fla-VOR-ice frozen kool-aid things kids love is the culprit. Didn't save the box or remember exactly when/where we got em so we can't reach out to the company to see if others are dealing with the same. I'd had a couple before bed Tuesday, then had one just before we left for tball on Friday late afternoon. Nobody else in the house had any and nobody else is sick. Needless to say they immediately went in the trash. We originally bought them as a treat for the tball teams with how hot it's been but man am I glad we opted for Gatorade instead if it's possibly why I've been sick. However I've also been doing intermittent fasting. On the days I work have a couple sodas through out the day and don't eat anything until dinnertime with the family. Im down 17 pounds in 6 weeks which could also be making this worse, possibly my body cleansing itself from all the junk I've eaten especially since getting into trucking. I just want it to stop, and I'm sure my wife would agree from the smells and me being home nonstop LOL

I've kept in contact with my manager about my availability and tomorrow will be my 4th missed regular work day. Assuming I'm feeling better when Im supposed to go back Thursday I'll only have 1 more sick day until October 1st when the fiscal year starts where I'll get like 4 weeks. We operate on a points system. In a rolling year you're allowed 10 points before being fired. You call in, you get a point. You can miss up to 3 days and receive only 1 point. Miss 4 days you'll receive 2 points, however if you bring a doctor note you receive 0 if it's been atleast 4 missed work days. Fortunately they seem to be lenient and you almost need to try to get fired for attendance though it has happened.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Wow, y'all !

Hope everyone feels better, soon!

Only thing 'awry' here . . is ALLERGIES to the NINES !

It's 'teabags/cukes' on the 'eyes' season, for me. . . even WITH my Claritin!

Best, y'all.

~ Anne ~

ps: Anyone else hearing 'Disturbed' here? confused.gif

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Good day folks. Started feeling like I had the flu, and bing-batta-boom, I get diagnosed with COVID. Feels like a low grade flu. I feel I could legally drive in my current condition.

What suggestions would you fine folks have regarding how to approach my company regarding my COVID diagnosis?

Any drivers that have been hit with COVID care to share their experiances with how their companies handled the COVID diagnosis? Procedures to follow? Steps to Take? How long until able to get back in seat?

How 'ya feeling, man? Did you end up getting through it, or going on quarantine?

Hope all is better for ya!

~ Anne ~

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Little Chief's Comment
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Wow, we had some great posts on the topic of Covid!.

So I ended up getting flown home for kidney stones. Then I get Covid. I took advice of many in here and just let the bug run its course without notifying the company officially. I was released to go back to work.

I will say this. Returning a week out of the seat showed me how I can loose the feel. Took better part of a day to get the feel for the road, properly checking mirrors, timing lane changes, turn distancing. I felt so rusty. Feels like a head cold at this time. Safe and legal, just not fun.

Thanks everyone for support and information!


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.

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