Welcome to Convoy’s Resource Center for Coronavirus (COVID-19). As we face the challenges of coronavirus together, we aim to provide support to carriers and drivers with relevant information and resources. Carriers and drivers are working tirelessly to get vital goods into the communities that need them–from food and water to medical supplies and cleaning products. We’re here to help the heroes at home and on the road.
The information on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
This information is updated as of March 27, 2020. Please check with your state, local, and federal health organizations (including CDC and WHO) for the latest updates. Convoy also encourages you to check with your employer, if applicable, for any relevant resources or guidance/policies.
Staying Informed – Coronavirus and Trucking
What is “coronavirus” and what are the common symptoms?
According to the CDC, coronaviruses are types of viruses. COVID-19 is a specific new type of coronavirus. Potential symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
How does Coronavirus spread?
The CDC states that the virus can be spread between humans in small droplets from sneezes, coughs, or hand to hand contact. The virus cannot be absorbed through the skin but it can infect individuals who touch their faces after coming in contact with it. The CDC has provided these guidelines to protect yourself.
Is there guidance on handling pallets and other packaged goods?
The CDC guidance states that the risk of contracting the virus is low when handling packaged products. While the extent of the risk is unknown, CDC guidance states that COVID-19 is unlikely to survive on surfaces that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.
Where can I find information on state permits and exemptions of HOS?
Please reference the FMCSA site for information on Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits. The FMCSA recommends you check each State’s Web site and search for “Issued Emergency Declarations” if you are interested in more details.
What are the CDC’s recommended habits to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- Use your own pens and clipboards when marking paperwork or scale tickets at a facility.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is 60% or higher in alcohol content.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Use disinfectant wipes often to clean interior truck surfaces regularly.
What should you do if you’re sick or think you may be sick?
If you are sick or think you may be sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home except to seek medical care. Please see additional CDC guidelines for more.
What preventative measures can I take?
Avoid close contact with others and practice social distancing (at least six feet from others). Please see additional recommendations from the CDC.
Additional Services Available
Free DOT inspections with Goodyear
- Goodyear is offering free DOT inspections, valued at $120, to all carriers.
- Inspections include the tractor and trailer, including brake systems, tires and wheels, exhaust systems, lighting and more.
- Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers (CTSC) remain open, even in states with stay-at-home orders, as they are committed to helping carriers stay safe and keep their trucks running.
- They are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all locations.
- Stop by any Goodyear CTSC to take advantage of this offer. Find a location here: https://www.goodyearctsc.com/
Stay up-to-date on the freight market and supply chain impacts of coronavirus
– We’re committed to keeping supply chain professionals informed about how coronavirus is impacting the freight industry.
– Aaron Terrazas, Convoy’s Director of Economic Research, is sharing our latest insights with new videos and blog posts each week.
– View our most recent updates on COVID-19 and the freight market below. You can also sign up to receive updates in your inbox:
Support A Cause
St. Christopher Fund: Help truck drivers and their families when an illness or injury takes them off the road.
TruckersFinalMile.org: Help provide travel and lodging for truckers and their families in times of injuries or health issues.
Meals for 18 Wheels: Provide a hot, home-cooked meal to a trucker in your area.
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