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How Drivers Can Stay Safe During COVID-19

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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a very contagious and dangerous virus, with symptoms including shortness of breath, fever, and/or a cough.

Who’s at risk?

Everyone is at risk. But those who are at a higher risk of getting very sick are older adults and those who suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

You can learn more about COVID-19 from the CDC here.

How Does it Spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spread.

How to stay safe?

As a driver, you come into contact with many people throughout the day, increasing your risk of getting the virus or spreading it. Below are ways to stay safe and healthy:

Keep your car clean.

Disinfect most commonly touched parts of the car: steering wheel, backseats, passenger handles, seatbelts, car buttons, and headrests. Here are more detailed tips for how to clean your car during Coronavirus.

Wash your hands.

We know it’s hard to find a bathroom to wash your hands, so we recommend keeping the following in your car so you can wash your hands on-the-go:

  • Water bottle with a sports cap
  • Soap
  • Paper towels so you can fully dry your hands
  • Plastic bag to throw out the paper towel
  • Remember you must wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Here’s a video to show you how to properly wash your hands, so you don’t forget any hidden spots.

Get your flu shot.

If you haven’t yet gotten a flu shot, the CDC recommends you do so. While the flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, it will help keep you healthy, which is the best way to fight COVID-19 if you were to get it. With your Drivers Benefits, you can get your free flu shot voucher, letting you get a flu shot for free at any Rite Aid.
  • Coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the world. The best way to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe is to stay home if you think you might be getting sick, even if it’s just the common cold. Also, avoid public space and keep your distance from people when you’re not driving.

Click here to read about more ways to stay safe.

What Should You Do If You Feel Sick?

Use telemedicine.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, like fever, shortness of breath, and cough, call a doctor immediately. As a Drivers Benefits member, you get free, 24/7 access to MDLIVE*. You and your immediate family can use the app, or call directly, to chat with a doctor in more than 150 languages whenever or wherever. Click here to download the MDLIVE app on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store today, or just call at 1-888-574-2864. Currently MDLIVE wait times are longer than usual. However, they are hiring more doctors so this shouldn’t continue to be such an issue. You can use the app to schedule an appointment so you don’t need to wait on the phone or risk going to a crowded doctor’s office.

If you’re not yet a member, sign up today here or call 1-833-814-8590 to activate your benefits today.

*MDLIVE and Flu Shot Vouchers is paid for by The Black Car Fund. 

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