COVID-19 Progress is one of the few graphs that show success as a downward trend. “Onwards and Downwards” is the mantra of success when it comes to viruses. “The earth’s the limit”, “Reach for the ground”, “Over the bottom”, are the cries of success these days.
The latest sign of success is that there has been great advancement in testing. Even our little part of the country with its 26 and holding cases is in the process of adding a second mobile testing station for drive-by evaluations. A clean Monday marked our fifth day of “no new cases”. Again success is a negative.
The tests, however, are looking for an upward trend, or a gain. The gain they are looking for is a gain in antibodies. Antibodies also known as an immunoglobulin is a large, Y-shapedprotien produced mainly by plasma cells that are used by the immune system to neutralize pathogens such as the COVID-19 virus. Apparently the antibodies exist in a healthy immune system. “Onward and downwards and upwards again” is our new battle cry.
“THANK GOD FOR THE TRUCK DRIVERS”
We have regularly shown our approval and praise for the First Responders, Medical Teams and CDL Drivers that have done an amazing to keep the country going during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to add our praise to that of the President’s and let everyone remember that this great country is built on the efforts of all citizens, and that effort is made possible by the hard work of the nations trucking industry and it CDL Drivers. Keep up the good work, and stay safe.
We read an interesting article recently about how long the COVID-19 pest hangs around once it lands on various surfaces. The virus can hang in the air for up to 3 hours, but different surfaces have different hang times as follows;
1. Copper – 4 hours. Interestingly enough, copper is a natural disinfectant.
2. Cardboard – 16 hours
3. Stainless Steel – 21 hours
4. Plastic – 21 hours
So what does this mean in the world of social distancing and navigating the great outdoors.
If you are a commuter, the bug can literally hang on the stainless steel bus or subway hangers or straps for up to 72 hours. Might be a good idea to wear gloves.
If you venture into the supermarket for those needed groceries, the push cart handles can host the little bugger 72 hours as well. Use the provided wipes.
Just about any door or freezer handle will also need the Wipes attention.
UPS and FEDEX can deliver a cardboard box of Corona, as well. Wipe it down with disinfectant.
Glass doors, windows, and such can provide safe landing for up to 96 hours, especially if it is cold like on a grocery store freezer cabinet. Gloves and wipes work well.
The little buggers are all around, but you can rest assured that they won’t jump off a surface at you, you have to physically pick them up.
COMPLIANCE ALLIANCE INC. CARES
How often in your daily life do you think about the term Supply Chain? “Like never dude”, you might say. That would probably be the answer from 99% of the people you might ask. Then along comes a coronavirus, and the question takes on a new perspective.
If you have never thought about “the supply chain” for your groceries, drugs and sundries, it is a pretty sure bet you will think about it, and remember it before COVID-19 is conquered.
“I don’t think many Americans think about the supply chain much during ordinary times, but now that phrase — the supply chain — is being talked about everywhere. So many more people now understand that it’s due to truckers and trucking companies that food shelves in a supermarket get stocked, or that gasoline stations are able to sell gasoline.” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, said recently.
From the raw material source, to the manufacturer, to the distributor, and finally, to the retailer, each step of the way, a truck and a CDL Driver are involved.
A 62-year-old truck driver with three underlying health conditions, said he’s frightened of catching COVID-19 and only has a half can of disinfectant spray left. He doesn’t know where to go for testing if he were to develop symptoms, and he’s afraid of being caught far from his Illinois home if he gets sick. Despite that, he rebuffed the idea of using vacation time to ride out the virus storm. “If I take a couple of weeks’ vacation, you all starve,” he said. The 20-year trucking veteran had just taken sugar to Memphis, cereal to Chicago and was waiting to be loaded in Batavia, Ill., for cargo going to Hopkinsville, Ky. “I’m out here trying to keep you all fed.”
As long as our CDL Drivers have that attitude, it is a pretty sure bet that we will get through this viral threat successfully.