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

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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:

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  2. The person above needs to stop using this thank you to advertise her job. I thank our truckers for the devotion to our country if it weren’t for you the shelves at the stores would be empty.
    Thank you from a senior citizen.

  3. Yes, a big thank you to all the truckers, packers, and health care workers for their dedication.
    Praying to all of you to be safe.

  4. I personally want to thank our truck drivers all over the country!!! They’re doing a very important job!!
    Rest stops should be opened up for them!! And, well staffed with people to keep them clean!!

    1. I agree, Barbara. Truck drivers deserve better than that. They’re the ones who are keeping the stores in produce, meat, dairy, and toilet paper , paper towels, etc. God bless all the truckers. They’re life savers.

  5. And the Truckers need testing stations all over the Nation that they can drive their trucks trough. They are all over, some driving ill, and no way to get tested. Scaring all the families of the truckers, who don’t dare go home in case they got exposed and might give it to their families.

    1. Truckers are RIGHT and always will be the heroes of this Nation, GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!
      We need to say prayers for them every night!!

  6. Yes, our truckers deserve a lot of recognition for all they have done to help this country during this stressful time as they have diligently kept working to help keep the stores with food, so none of we people go hungry. Thank you truckers.

  7. Thumbs up to all you truckers, drivers, dock workers, warehouse workers, everyone that keeps the goods flowing. Best wishes for all of you and hopefully you will all stay safe.

  8. Dear Truckers : I still go to a doctor twice weekly, usually between 8and9 am, on a major interstate freeway. What a delight to travel with truckers….usually about 15 trucks to every auto! These drivers are courteous, do not dart in and out of traffic, and always take turns at ramps, etc Thank you.

  9. yet there are those who would take advantage of the truckers due to the situation. like the greasy spoon in new york that charged a trucker 27 dollars for a bowl of chili and a sandwich because “this is the only place you’ve got to go…”. that bastard should be horse-whipped. “let them truckers roll, 10-4.”

  10. I think truckers get taken advantage of by the stores they’re trying to deliver to.
    I saw a piece featuring a trucker saying the same thing so don’t think I am smart.
    Thanks to the truckers and medical personnel that’s for sure.

  11. 🙏Thank You Lord Jesus for providing us food supplies through Truckers.
    🙏Thank You Lord for all Drs., Nurses and all staffs who help the sick people.
    🙏Thank You Lord for giving us President Trump and VP Pence.
    Dear Lord Jesus. Please stay with them and protect them from all obstacles, and stay with us shield us from unseen and seen ennemies. AMEN 🙏

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