From supply chains to truck shows, coronavirus knows no boundaries

March 16, 2020

No one wants to get sick – and I’m a terrible sick patient, just ask my wife – but I can’t recall ever upending my entire life to avoid exposure to illness. I dropped part of a banana on the kitchen floor yesterday and, after a few moments of consideration, ate it anyway.

As of this writing, there have been about 1,700 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., encompassing 46 states and D.C.

I have spent much of the last two weeks in airplanes, and given the abnormally low foot traffic in some of the busiest airports in the country, it’s clear that people are officially leery of moving themselves around. But trucking doesn’t have that option. If you’ve tried to buy toilet paper in the last 10 days, you’ve probably experienced just how delicate our supply chain is and how exposed it is to wild swings of fear-driven demand.