Announcement: “Be Safe” is Not Just a Slogan

What price would you put on your husband’s life?

What cost is too great to bear for your wife?

Would you empty out your bank account to keep your grandchildren safe?  Would you mortgage your house?  Sell your car?

How about if all you had to do was to endure some discomfort and boredom?  Would you do that for your best friend next door?

You know where this is heading.  The COVID-19 virus is in Tanglewood and it’s spreading.  There have been at least  two deaths so far, and more seem imminent.  The disease has been out of control for months, and it’s not going to go away soon.

You also know what you can do.  We all know.  Wear a mask – a disposable paper one or a homemade cotton one.  Keep your distance.  Those guys you’ve been playing Petanque or Beanbag Baseball with for months – they may not be sick but they may have picked up the infection without even knowing it from someone else.  Just avoid anyone you don’t live with.  And wash your hands.  Wash them when you start fixing your lunch, after you get the mail in, when you use your phone or computer and when you return from anywhere outside the park.

COVID-19 is not a death sentence for everyone but it is a probability. Those who have it feel awful.  It hurts.  All over.  You can’t stop coughing.  The headaches and the cuttingly sore throats just don’t stop.  The fever makes you so weak you don’t even want to get up and take your meds. It lasts for weeks and weeks.  And the long-term residual side effects are still unknown.

Do you want to take a chance on this happening to you or your spouse? Your kids?

We’re in this for the long haul, and we’re all in it together.  I wear a mask for you, you wear one for me.  If you think you look silly or feel uncomfortable wearing one, just imagine how you’d look wearing a ventilator in the hospital.  If you don’t have a cotton mask or two, contact us at editor@twrtimes.com and we’ll connect you with some women who make them.

One more thing – If you test positive, even if you are asymptomatic, please notify Darlene in the main office.  dbradley@hometownamerica.net  Your confidentiality is assured.

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