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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a novel coronavirus that is now referred to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; formerly called 2019-nCoV). This disease was first identified in the middle of an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Its symptoms include cough, fever, muscle pain, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills, loss of state or smell. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is viewed to spread primarily from person-to-person. First, it can be transferred between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet). Secondly, it can be spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks. However, current research suggests that it can also be spread by people who are not showing symptoms known to be ‘asymptomatic’. Also, it may be possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by coming in contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or their eyes. 

With that, we’ve already seen a number of more drivers on the road delivering groceries, parcels, and takeaways. If you’re a food, grocery, or a delivery driver, how can you protect yourself and customers? 

Don’t go to work if you are sick 

This is pretty obvious. Just stay at home if you are sick. If you think you have fever or symptoms, including cough or shortness of breath, immediately call your healthcare provider for medical advice prior to visiting their office. Understand that you must not return to work until the basis to discontinue home isolation are met, afterwards talking with your doctor. 

Follow basic hygiene measures 

It’s important as a delivery driver to be considerate of others also and observe basic hygiene measures such as being aware of: 

Although there are jobs that don’t require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), it’s important to remember that PPE is not an alternate for regular hand washing and proper cough and sneeze etiquette. 

Wear a mask or cloth face covering 

Doing Habitual Preventive Actions 

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