True heroes of the crisis: truckers keep the whole thing running

Make sure to let us know what you think... we now have comments turned ON below the article!

If the shelves in your grocery store have anything on them, after almost a month of “lockdown,” you can thank a truck driver. During the coronavirus crisis, they might be the most unsung heroes in the country and the world right now.

Their work is considered essential, which it is, because if they weren’t trucking, our shelter-in-place lives would not only be less comfortable, we wouldn’t even have basic necessities. Hospitals would not have the supplies they need to treat coronavirus patients or anyone else.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2018 there were almost 2 million truck drivers working in the US. They average about $21 per hour or around $50,000 a year. The trucking industry, in 2019, was worth $700 billion.

These drivers move over 71% of all freight in the country, and without them, the country would not be able to function. They are the reason the almost nationwide lockdown isn’t interrupting our supply chain in a crippling way. Many regulations have been lifted to help truckers get essential goods, like food and medical supplies, to go where they need to go.

According to the Sacramento Bee:

Truckers bringing medical supplies to hospitals are clearly exempt from a long list of restrictions, as are food deliveries. So are truckers carrying cattle. Livestock are a “precursor” to food, and the government is keeping the food production chain, from farm to market, open.

These truckers are vital, just as vital as medical personnel in getting the country through the coronavirus crisis and lockdown. Indeed, the hospitals are also dependent on trucking to get the essentials they need to treat the victims of the virus.

Truck drivers risk getting coronavirus

Many truck drivers fall into risk categories for the coronavirus.

From the Trucker’s Report:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers anywhere from two to five times as likely to experience high isk factors.

  • Trucker obesity rate (69%) vs American average (31%)
  • Trucker morbid obesity rate (17%) vs American average (7%)
  • Truckers who regularly smoke cigarettes (51%) vs American average (10%)
  • Truckers with Diabetes (14%) vs American average (7%)
  • Truckers without health insurance (38%) vs American average (17%)
  • Trucker average age (55 years old) vs American average (38.2 years old)

If truckers think they have coronavirus it is hard for them to get tested. It is also hard for them to get home if they are sick.

Essential services missing

In spite of their importance, truckers are finding it difficult to get essential services while they do their important work.

Truckers are facing many obstacles. More and more truck stops are closed, making it harder to fuel up and use a restroom. Many highway rest stops have also been closed, depriving truckers of safe places to rest. Some drivers have quit driving during the lockdown to avoid the virus.

So, be thankful for the truckers when you see the milk, cheese, toilet paper and everything else on the shelves at your stores.

You can meet a few of the truckers in this video below:

1,136 Responses

  1. Pingback: cbd oil
  2. Pingback: cbd oil for dogs
  3. Pingback: best cbd oil
  4. Pingback: cbd for sale
  5. Normally I don’t read article on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, very nice post.

  6. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is truly informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  7. What are you stating, man? I realize everyones got their own view, but really? Listen, your web site is neat. I like the energy you put into it, especially with the vids and the pics. But, come on. Theres gotta be a better way to say this, a way that doesnt make it seem like everyone here is stupid!

  8. I don’t even know the way I ended up right here, but I thought this put up used to be good. I do not know who you might be but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you happen to are not already. Cheers!|

  9. Hi! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!|

  10. Hi, I do think this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to return once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  11. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will come back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to continue your great writing, have a nice evening!|

  12. I am so happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  13. Pingback: 토토커뮤니티
  14. Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Thanks

  15. Thank you for another excellent article. Where else could anybody get that type of info in such an ideal way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such info.

  16. I have been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this information So i’m happy to convey that I have a very good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to don’t forget this site and give it a look on a constant basis.

  17. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Appreciate it!

  18. Hello this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  19. Terrific paintings! That is the type of info that are supposed to be shared across the web. Shame on the seek engines for now not positioning this submit upper! Come on over and seek advice from my web site . Thanks =)

  20. What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I’m hoping to contribute & help other customers like its aided me. Great job.|

  21. There are some fascinating deadlines in this article but I don know if I see all of them middle to heart. There may be some validity but I’ll take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want extra! Added to FeedBurner as effectively

  22. Pingback: Jake
  23. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog site is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would truly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this ok with you. Thanks a lot!

  24. Hello there! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!|

  25. Pingback: Crypto.com review
  26. Pingback: 강남 안마

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Popular