Nancy Hoffman

March 15, 2020


Over the last few days we have been inundated with news of the Coronavirus pandemic. We have heard about the mass hysteria all over the country which has caused people to hoard such items as food, water, and toilet paper, leaving grocery stores with lots of bare shelves. Schools, churches, entertainment and sporting events, and other types of venues which typically have more than 250 attendees have been canceled. Employees are being laid off and some businesses are temporarily closed. The worst part of all the hysteria is that it is leaving many people, especially the elderly and those with underlying chronic medical conditions, confused, anxious and afraid. Worse yet, no one knows how long we will have to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, nor do we know just how bad it is going to get before it gets better.

The bottom line is, right now we are faced with many unknowns and living in fear has become a way of life for many. This only creates more panic and worry and a very unhealthy way to live. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.”

In order to eliminate some of our fears, we need to listen to information provided by medical experts, CDC, WHO and other government organizations, and then use common sense, act responsibly and do what is best for ourselves, our family and loved ones. Life goes on and this pandemic will eventually pass.

Here at Boulder Oaks Community Association, the health and safety of all residents is most important. Because the medical community determined it was best if everyone put a 6’ distance between themselves and others, this required the Social Committee to make the decision to cancel all remaining activities for March. This was not an easy decision as this committee plays a very important role in sponsoring events that bring the community together for a fun time with our friends that reside in our resort. Currently it is uncertain if events will be scheduled in April, but the Committee will keep you informed. Once the pandemic is over, we should all look forward to our events to resume.

In the meantime, please follow the CDC’s common sense safety guidelines:

1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
4. Put distance (6’) between yourself and other people.
5. Stay home if you’re sick.
6. Cover coughs and sneezes.

On a more positive note, there is one good thing that this pandemic has caused. We are not forced to watch continuous over-analysis of the presidential campaigns as well as the media’s and politicians’ criticizing, trashing and bashing of the candidates. I know this is only temporary but I’m certainly enjoying the break.

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