How are you dealing with Covid19

John Technician Colma, California Posted   Latest   Edited  

As technicians sometimes we have to drive with customers to get a better understanding of their concern. Im sure many of you wear gloves, safety glasses, and have seat covers etc... But in our line of work it's almost impossible to avoid being exposed to different viruses and germs but we can minimize it. I'm sure there is a few of us that have gotten sick after working on a vehicle or maybe even after partnering with a customer who has a cold. For instance I remember seeing a tsb that warned technicians to wash their hands after handling cabin air filters that are contaminated with animal feces/urine because some technicians had contracted hepititis. And with the recent outbreak of Covid19 (Corona) virus I'm wondering what steps your taking as a technician to protect yourself or if you've always been cautious working in customer vehicles. For instance What do you do before getting into a vehicle? One last question is it rude to refuse to shake customers hands or is it good practice.

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James Owner/Technician
Brook, Indiana
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I'm just going on with my life. I wear gloves when I work & have washed my hands & not touched my face for years. If I get it, I get it & I'm still shaking hands.

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Albin Diagnostician
Leavenworth, Washington
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Over the years I have learned to wash my hands and not touch my face, especially when I am in public places or when working on certain "dirty places" on cars. I do my best to eat a well balanced diet with nutritious food and get plenty of rest.

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Dennis Owner/Technician
Salt Lake City, Utah
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We clorox wipe the keys when they are given to us and then wipe the steering wheel , gear shift , turn signal , heater controls and inside and outside door handles before test driving or working on the car. This is what we do during cold and flu season also.

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Bill Owner/Technician
Jackson, Michigan
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We should be more concerned about the Daily Unavoidable Dangers that are present in this career field now and forever instead of the short term media fear and panic. (Breathing vapors from brake cleaner, Chemical absorption into our hands and arms, hydrocarbon vapors, the explosive devices we inspect and handle, and probably the most dangerous of all test driving a vehicle with know…

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Justin Mobile Technician
Herriman, Utah
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I turned off the news. I don’t live in fear. Seriously this comes up every election year. Swine, avian, SARS, N1H1 the list goes on and on. The reality is this has about the same or less mortality rate as the regular flu that goes around every year.

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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While I agree with you that this is being turned into a political hatchet, our election cycle usually does not cause Europe and Asian countries to quarantine their people. just sayin ....

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Roy Mechanic
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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News hysteria knows no borders. It spreads faster than any virus. We don't freak about the flu that kills way more every year, why freak about this ? Just do like any normal person does in flu season. Wash hands. Heck I probably do that 50 times a day in the shop anyhow.

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Jamey Owner/Technician
Ventura, California
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No argument from me, I agree. I’m more concerned about getting in the PT Cruiser sitting on my lot with a broken shifter cable. Looks like dogs have been living in there. And they were cleaner than the owner.......

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Robert Curriculum Developer
Cleveland, Ohio
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Hi, John: I've always treated vehicles with a UVC sanitizer lamp. I have a Verilux UV-C wand that I also use when I travel. UVC interferes and destroys the nucleic acids of bacteria and other microbes, The light can also disrupt proteins in the microbes by killing certain amino acids. But remember--there are UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C lights; the UV-C light is the one you want. In fact, UV-C robots…

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Jonathan Technician
Tempe, Arizona
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I asked the boss if I could work from home for two weeks. He said no. I'm at work.

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John Technician
Colma, California
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I'm giving this a try

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Mohammad Owner/Technician
Champaign, Illinois
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Jonathan, is it safe to assume asking for 4 to 6 weeks working from home be definitely out of question? Just a thought...!

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Jonathan Technician
Tempe, Arizona
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I tried at our morning meeting, went over like a lead balloon. I coughed, sneezed and went back to work;-)

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Marlin Technician
Estacada, Oregon
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Basically what other have mentioned. Really, if we need to make big changes when faced with such disease concerns, the biggest problem lies in how we operate in "normal" conditions. I continue to be amazed by how utterly careless people generally are regarding hygiene. Technicians are just as bad. Wash your hands already, folks!

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Phillip Diagnostician
Anchorage, Alaska
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The reality is, is this is hyped up more then it needs to be. Use good hygiene and maybe use wipes to wipe things off more then you normally would. I vape these days instead of smoking. I carry wipes and wipe my vape down 2-3 times a day cause I am sticking it in my mouth. Normally I wipe steering wheels or just wear fresh gloves and throw them away. Especially during flu season. I guess what…

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Mike Technician
Atlanta, Georgia
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All you can do is follow recommendations. It's a surface borne virus, not airborne. So wipe surfaces, wash your hands, and don't pick your nose.

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Mike Owner/Technician
Richmondville, New York
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Awsome Mike ..... Alittle humor treads a wide path in my book.... Berkebile 2+2 Carb & Surface Sanitizer has never let me down... Cheers to ya :)

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Patrick Diagnostician
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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I'm still offering a handshake, but if the customer moves for an "elbow check", I will oblige. My employees are already accustomed to me asking them to wash their hands often, especially since the bathroom door is white and shows all their hand prints !!!!!

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