A WEEK is a long time in politics is a well worn saying but now we collectively find ourselves suddenly living in a different - and a somewhat eerie world - than we knew just seven days ago.
Not since WW2 has the developed world being engulfed in such an extraordinary pandemic as Covid-19.
The disturbing scenes from the devastated Lombardy region in Italy made for grim viewing over the past few days, amid a seemingly ever-growing list of fatalities. Perhaps one of the factors we just may have in our favour here was the terrible storms that lashed Ireland for almost a month before this virus first appeared on these shores. Those storms caused the cancellation of many fixtures and consequently less gatherings of people nationwide. We will all certainly know more where we stand as a nation in the face of this latest viral storm by next weekend.
In the meantime, keep up your physical and mental health - put simple safeguards in place - get out for a brisk walk twice a day, eat healthy foods and drinks. Don't overexposure yourself to constant news feeds or the internet on coronavirus.
Follow all HSE guidelines such as simply washing your hands properly in hot water with soap for 20 seconds several times a day and also wash your face after returning home from being outside.
It was very heartening to see almost 30,000 trained people answer the HSE's call for additional help, illustrating we are all effectively in the same boat together.