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Posted on February 10, 2020 at 8:31 PM
I saw this today and felt I should post it. The transportation industry is all over, back and forth across our amazing country let’s do our part in keeping ourselves as well as others safe by using good health  hygiene. 
 FEB 10, 2020
CoronavirusKeith Varnes

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s and they
get their name from their crown-like shape. In fact, the common cold is a
coronavirus. They generally cause upper airway infections, with symptoms like runny
nose, sore throat, coughing, and sometimes fever. Occasionally, such as with
MERS and SARS, they migrate to the lower airways and can cause pneumonia. As you
are aware, pneumonia is very dangerous.  

What is a Novel Coronavirus?

It just means it’s a new coronavirus and the one causing all the panic is currently known as 2019-nCoV, but it doesn’t have an official name yet. 


  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is better than hand washing for infection control, unless the hands are visibly soiled, or it is a spore forming microbe like C-Diff.
  • Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is harder to do than you realize and women touch their faces more than men. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are infected. If you find yourself taking care of an infected patient current CDC guidelines are droplet and airborne protection, eye protection, gloves, N-95 mask, and gowns. 
  • Routes of transmission and when an infected person is contagious are still under investigation. However, the utilization of a 14 day quarantine appears to be effective in stopping the spread of the virus. 


Currently there is no vaccine and since it is a virus antibiotics are ineffective. There have been no guidelines released for antivirals. Therefore, the treatment is the same as for the common cold:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • OTC meds for symptoms, but don’t give aspirin to anyone younger than 19, use ibuprofen or acetaminophen instead.
  • Lots of fluids

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