Important Tips on How to Properly Disinfect Your Truck’s Cab
Little Rock, AR – During the coronavirus outbreak, experts say it is more important than ever for truckers to focus on staying healthy and keeping your truck’s cab and sleeper areas disinfected.
Transportation Nation Network has compiled a list of a few tips from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other resources, you may find helpful.
Of course, many of these tips are common sense, but important to keep in mind and follow nonetheless.
First, let’s look at what is known about how the virus spreads.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is “thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.”
If you cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow.
Additionally, a new study from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) indicates the virus may spread after touching contaminated surfaces.
NEJM says COVID-19 can live on the following surfaces:
• Cardboard (up to 24 hours)
• Copper (up to four hours)
• Plastic (up to two to three days)
• Stainless steel (up to two to three days)
Experts say to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands especially after touching these surfaces.
Truckers should routinely clean frequently touched surfaces within your truck’s cab and sleeper.
High touch surfaces include the steering wheel, windows, seats, gear shift, tray tables, doorhandles, lights and light switches, just to name a few.
“Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant,” the CDC guidelines state.
Disinfectant wipes must contain at least 70% isopropyl alcohol in order to effectively kill bacteria.
The CDC also recommends routinely cleaning your electronic devices such as phones, tablets and laptop computers.
Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics also.
The CDC recommends following the disinfectant product’s instructions, including wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of any disinfectant.
Don’t forget about your bed linens either.
Experts urge you to frequently launder your clothing, towels, linens and other items.
The CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves while handling your laundry and then wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves.
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Also make sure to remove trash from your truck daily and always wear gloves when doing so, the CDC says.
It’s important to wash your hands with soap and water immediately afterwards.
However, if soap and water are not readily available, the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
However, if hands are visibly dirty, wash your hands with soap and water.
Maintaining proper hygiene by frequently taking showers is also critical to good health, experts say.
Another essential element to remaining healthy is by keeping your immune system properly boosted.
To do this, experts say make sure to get the proper rest and do your best to eat a healthy diet.
Truckers Most At-Risk
Despite the limited data regarding risk factors, the CDC noted certain groups of people who are at higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19.
• People over the age of 65;
• People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
• People who have serious heart conditions;
• People who are immunocompromised (many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications);
• People with severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher);
• People with diabetes;
• People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis;
• People with liver disease
The CDC specifically states most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 without a hospital stay, but recommends you have over-the-counter medicines to treat fever and other symptoms, as well as medical supplies (such as tissues), on-hand to aid in recovery, so make sure you have plenty in your truck in the event you fall ill.
Potential COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
We at TNN hope each of you stay safe and healthy.
We sincerely appreciate all you do to keep America moving.
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