After weeks of silence amid the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon tells its giant network of truck drivers to stay home if feeling sick

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  • Amazon confirmed to Business Insider that it sent an email to its trucking network on the evening of March 3 with advice on how to conduct business amid coronavirus concerns. 
  • The email advised truckers to stay home for at least 24 hours if feeling feverish, to frequently wash one's hands, and to regularly disinfect steering wheels and other often-touched parts of the truck. 
  • Amazon contacted drivers a day after Business Insider reported that company and contract truck drivers for the retail giant, as well as company drivers at Walmart, had not received information on how to navigate coronavirus on the road. 

Amazon emailed the contract carriers who are part of the retailer's giant transportation network on March 3 about how to navigate coronavirus, the company confirmed to Business Insider. 

The email requested that trucking companies advise their employees to stay home if feeling sick until they've been fever-free for at least 24 hours, to frequently wash their hands, and to regularly disinfect steering wheels and other often-touched parts of the truck. 

"Amazon is closely watching the global coronavirus (COVID-19) developments," the email from Amazon's transportation team reads. "Our focus is on the health and safety of our delivery service partners, drivers, associates, and customers. As this situation continues to evolve please continue to check for emails and further information from your TEM."

The email concludes, after noting several common preventative measures for coronavirus, "If you learn that you or one of your drivers has had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, please notify your carrier manager immediately."