We've all had enough of staying at home and socially distancing from friends and family - but we will continue to do so for as long as advised as we know our actions will help keep the more vulnerable members of our society safe.
People like Amanda Lattimore who, at only 45, is recovering from a totally unexpected diagnosis of leukaemia.
"In the early weeks of July 2019, I was extremely tired and didn't know why," says Amanda, who is married to Derek and has two children, Derek (21) and Tori (15).
"Then a few days later, I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and a bad pain in my leg, so I went to my local GP, who prescribed me some tablets and said to come back the next day if the pain persisted. But as the pain continued, a few hours later my husband and mother (Patricia) insisted I went to the local hospital.
"I remember very little of being there except for the terrible pain I was in. One of the doctors insisted on doing blood samples and the next thing I knew I was in the back of an ambulance waiting for my heart rate to slow down so they could drive me to the Mater Hospital in Dublin.
"Once we got on the road, I remember really being frightened by the sirens and the paramedics told me they were using them because we had hit traffic. I remember nothing else then until I woke up in Dublin."
At this point, the Cavan woman knew she was sick but had no idea her diagnosis would be so serious or that she would need immediate treatment.
"When I awoke, I met my consultant and her team for the first time," she recalls. "My family were waiting outside, and she told me to pick one person to come into the room as she was about to deliver the news to me, and I was still under medication at the time.
"I picked my brother Martin as my husband was stuck in traffic and I knew Martin would be strong enough to cope with whatever news they were going to give me.
"That's when she told me I had acute myeloid leukaemia, which probably meant I needed a bone marrow transplant. I was completely taken aback - in shock, angry and worried for my family, especially my two children. I started chemotherapy the next day and over the next 10 days I had 18 doses but remember very little of the first month in hospital as I was on a lot of medication."
Amanda developed further complications which means her health is very fragile during these unprecedented times.
"Although I don't remember it, the doctors told me that I developed sepsis in hospital," she says. "I was also suffering with gynaecological problems which caused me to haemorrhage and that pain was unbearable for a long time. And on top of that my skin was incredibly itchy so I scratched until I bled, which is a no-no for leukaemia patients.
"Then I developed a dose of salmonella after a Chinese takeaway and I also got appendicitis which they treated with antibiotics rather than operating due to the complications it could cause. And, to top it all, while being tested to see if I could get a bone marrow transplant, the doctors did an echo on my heart and realised it was only pumping at half of what it should have been - at this point I thought I had no hope."
For safety reasons due to the current pandemic, Amanda, who had spent most of the past eight months in hospital, was discharged on March 28. Fortunately, her heart rate has returned to normal and she is in remission from leukaemia while awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
"Much as I appreciate everything the medical staff have done for me, I was so happy to get home as seeing my children on a daily basis is just wonderful," she says.
"I'm pretty much confined to my bedroom but with my husband and kids popping their heads in to say 'hi', everything is more bearable. We all know I'm at high risk during the pandemic, so we have to be more careful.
"Because of this, the rest of my family have also been self-isolating at home from the very beginning so as to not take any chances. Of course, it makes me feel very anxious, but we just have to deal with it because I'm hoping the sooner this is over, the sooner I can have my transplant."
Amanda says she is taking one day at a time but is pleading with everyone to follow the official advice in order to help her and countless others survive the crisis.
"I'm quite a positive person and like to think I've a good sense of humour so when something sets me back health-wise, I just look at it as another obstacle I need to get through," she says.
"The reward at the end of this is my life and there's nothing more that I want than to get back to my old self, with an even more positive outlook.
"Life is a gift and I plan to cherish every moment with my family and friends. It's the simplest things I miss and it's only when they're taken away we realise how much we have.
"But I'm really hoping the general public listen to what we've been advised to do. Practicing social distancing and the precautions put in place by the Government and the HSE is to keep everyone safe, especially more vulnerable people like myself."
There is much we don't yet know about Covid-19. But there are some things we do know which could be used as part of the containment drive. Number one, we know it's highly contagious. Number two, we know people in frontline healthcare are more exposed to the virus than others in the population - among those who've contracted it, one in four is a health worker.