The forthcoming week is one of utmost importance in flattening the curve of Covid-19 here in Ireland. Our lockdown is now into its second week and it is at the end of this week that we will see if it is making a difference in helping to combat the spread of coronavirus.

In our local area most businesses have closed. People are staying at home and people are making a difference. Now it’s more important than ever to stay just there, at home. Ensure our over 70s are cocooning and that our families are being together by staying away.

This is one of the most difficult experiences anyone has ever faced. Particularly our elderly people as they have been cocooned and unable to spend time with their families. But in doing all of this, people are saving lives.

We are still in the midst of this pandemic and it is likely to continue for some time. However, the more we stay at home and the more we stay apart, the more chance there is of combatting it sooner.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This past week has proven that the nation is working hard, together, by staying at home to flatten the curve.

“If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you need to self-isolate and phone your GP. I ask that everyone inform themselves on what to do in the instance they develop symptoms, as well as how to maintain their health and wellbeing. Support and guidance is available on and HSE.”

Unless everyone plays their part, it won’t work. As we now enter into Easter week and the build up to Easter, it’s more important than ever that people do NOT become complacent. People MUST continue adhering to the guidelines: wash your hands, social distance and stay at home.

In doing these, everyone is playing their part in containing this virus and allowing lives to return to a normal way of going sooner rather than later. And it will save lives.

Play your part today and over the coming week/s to enable those at the front line to play theirs.

Together apart we will survive.