In an effort to keep our employees informed and to ensure their safety, we would like to address the recent coronavirus outbreak and what Forward Air is doing to ensure our drivers’ safety. COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is an infectious respiratory disease. Although there is a lot of great information out there regarding COVID-19, there are also many rumors surrounding it. To combat this plethora of misinformation, we’ve compiled facts about COVID-19 that come from a trusted source, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Here’s information on what you should know about the disease, how to aid in prevention, and Forward Air’s response to COVID-19.
What is important to know about the disease?
Although the disease is highly infectious, it is important to keep in mind that for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus is thought to be low. In most communities in the United States, there is not widespread circulation. In addition, information collected by the CDC suggests so far that most COVID-19 illnesses are mild and that people can recover within a few days. Those who are older and people with severe underlying health conditions are at a higher risk for developing serious COVID-19 illness. (Here are some of the ways the higher risk demographic can be prepared and informed.)
How can I aid in prevention?
No matter what your risk level is, everyone can do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most importantly, you can:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick with any type of symptoms (but please do report your absence to your supervisor).
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow, covering your nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Forward Air’s response to COVID-19
Many communities around the country are shutting down businesses and implementing “shelter in place” orders. However, Forward Air truck drivers (and all truck drivers, for that matter) are still on the road delivering the supplies that keep the country running.
We are extremely proud and grateful to all of the truck drivers that are doing their part and working harder than ever to keep stores stocked. Thank you for keeping America running during times like this. Forward Air is focused on the health and safety of our drivers, and we will continue to adapt our response plans as this situation evolves. As a reminder, not all information you hear, read, or see, even from “news” accounts, is factual. The most reliable source of information you can trust comes from the CDC.