Many people have experienced difficulties while looking after their families during the current crisis.
But for Jane Johnstone, keeping her family safe and well is harder than most. Her husband passed away suddenly in 2014, leaving her to care for three children, two of whom have special needs.
This week is National Carers Week, and all over the country people like Ms Johnstone are coping under enormous pressure.
"Lockdown is a challenge for everyone, because the world as we knew it just stopped and we had to adjust to a life of isolation," says the mother of three - Ciara (22), Evan (20) and Daniel (16).
"But periods of isolation are nothing new to family carers and the current situation has just meant that we have all had to work a lot harder as complex caring needs still have to be undertaken by the family carer without the additional supports we would normally have access to," Ms Johnstone said.
Ciara is also at home since mid-March and can help with the daily care of her brothers - Evan who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is visually impaired and non-verbal and has an intellectual difficulty (ID), and Daniel who also has ASD - but their daily life is very challenging.
"My eldest son is 6ft 4in with significant care needs so we are really fortunate to have been able to maintain a reduced service for him as he finds being confined to the house very overwhelming," says Jane Johnstone.
"Daniel, on the other hand, loves being at home but I now worry that leaving the house and going back to school and respite will become a challenge as he is reluctant and resistant to even going for a walk.
"So I'm worried that he may need supports to help him to step back into a world he struggled so hard to understand to one which has now completely changed.
"I know there has been such suffering, people have lost lives and loved ones.
"I'm grateful that my family have at least survived the storm, but I am beyond exhausted and every bone in my body now aches.
"However, we will keep going, but family carers need a roadmap and the assurance that unavoidable consequences of this pandemic will be supported."
Meanwhile, Linda Comerford and her husband Frank also have children - Michael (18), Darragh (13), Shauna (6) and Franky (4) - with additional needs which include cerebral palsy, heart murmur, deafness, autism and developmental delays.
Like Ms Johnstone, the Kilkenny woman says life is particularly difficult right now.
"When you are a carer you just have to keep going as there is no choice. This is our normal - and it's a lot, but I just get on with it."
Family Carers Ireland has launched a free counselling service, visit www.familycarers.ie or call 1800 240724