Today’s Pickup: Trucker helps drivers get masks as she recovers from suspected COVID-19

Canadian truck driver Nicole Folz wearing a medical mask at a hospital in Toronto

Canadian trucker Nicole Folz is raising money to get fellow drivers face masks as she recovers from a suspected COVID-19 infection.

Folz, 26, launched a GoFundMe campaign after hearing from drivers who read the FreightWaves article about her experience getting seriously ill while on the road. 

“I got a huge flood of messages. A lot of drivers say they don’t have masks,” Folz told FreightWaves from a quarantined hotel run by the Canadian government.

The campaign already met its initial goal of C$500, but is still taking donations. Tentatively, she plans to distribute masks at the Flying J Travel Center in Ayr, Ontario, just off Highway 401, Canada’s busiest cross-border freight corridor.

The surgical-style cotton masks will come in handy for use at the Canadian border. The Canada Border Services Agency recently began requiring that drivers wear face masks or face-coverings at the U.S.-Canada border under public health directive.

Health officials say that wearing face masks can help limit the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s much better than using a t-shirt or bandana,” she said.

Folz also reported that her own health has improved in recent days. Her fever is gone. She hopes to be discharged on Saturday, April 25, pending the results of pre-discharge COVID-19 tests.

Folz fell ill while on a cross-border less-than-truckload run between Ontario and the Carolinas almost two weeks ago. 

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“It’s a tough life, I know it was hard on my dad, and I want to make it a little easier for truck drivers right now.” 

– Missouri businessman Bob Mericle on opening a free parking lot for truckers along I-44 in Missouri

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Final thoughts:

Despite reaching its initial goal, Folz’s campaign will continue to accept donations and will buy additional masks as more money rolls in. 

Hammer down, everyone!