A few years ago it was the bird flu. Now it’s the swine flu. Why can’t these damned animals keep their flues to themselves?
As far as the avian flu was concerned, it never did blow up into the global pandemic that was feared. Hopefully the same will be true of the swine flu. However, there is a startling difference between the two. The avian flu could only be contracted when coming into contact with an infected bird. The swine flu, however, is currently being spread from person to person. Not good.
But I refuse to get caught up in the media hype at this point. There are reports of some deaths, but still more people have died of the regular ol’ flu than swine flu this year. I don’t wear a mask to work and I’m not stockpiling emergency supplies. I’m not cancelling any travel plans (mind you, I don’t have many at the moment) and I’m not avoiding pork…mmm, pork.
Having said all that, it may be worth considering the role trucking will play in the event of a global pandemic. It’s pretty easy to do, since we did all this two years ago amidst the bird flu fears. Here’s a story from an informative presentation that was made by a Transport Canada rep during a PMTC conference in 06. Here is a story about a prudent fleet (Erb) that planned for the worst. This is how trucking associations in Canada prepared for the possibility of an outbreak.
And here’s a column by publisher Rob Wilkins about a study that was done that recognized the need to treat truckers first, so they can help keep our society moving in the event of a pandemic.
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James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies