This is where it gets difficult. Serious decisions need to be made, to decide how we live not just in the next few weeks but for months to come.
And, while this is happening, our political leaders are preoccupied with "government formation".
A "caretaker government", specifically chosen by the electorate to be thrown out of office for doing a lousy job, continues to make crucial decisions.
And it does so with a hamstrung and ineffective Dail. Plus a political media that largely takes the parties' prancing and posing at face value.
So far, as a country, we've done middling well in dealing with Covid-19. The scientific experts taught us to stay apart, "flattening the curve", to make the first wave of deaths as small as possible, and we did that.
The virus has killed over a thousand of us so far - fewer than it might have done, and far more than we can tolerate. How long can our medics keep up this exhausting level of commitment?
And we cannot remain indefinitely cut off from family and work. Already, some amongst us are getting itchy for the pub and the party, and to hell with those they kill.
The experts seem to have diverging views. One view says we need to attack the virus.
A vaccine will take time. And - despite what Donald Trump thinks - you can't just take a miracle cure from under the sink and inject it into your veins.
This view says we have to do what the successful Asian countries have already done - test, trace and isolate everyone infected, so that the virus has nowhere to go and it peters out.
The trouble with that route is it requires huge commitment of resources, with innovative thought and aggressive action that continues until the job is done. Frankly, I doubt the people in charge of the country are up to that.
The other route - and it may be the one we take - is, well, just suck it and see.
In this route, we try to continue to suppress the virus, while easing pressure on the economy by selectively relaxing the lockdown - hoping the disease won't flare up, again and again.
It's hit and miss. And every time the experts miss - and they will, they're human - there's another wave of death.
It's a decision that's beyond most of us - we don't have the data or the experience to consider such choices.
Whatever direction we go in this second phase, we need confidence that the people in charge - the experts and the politicians - know what they're doing. We need to accept that they make decisions - even the ones we've doubts about - with deep knowledge and in good faith.
All the more reason that the politicians ensure transparency, with every step carefully explained, so that we know, understand and buy into what's happening.
Which is what makes what happened last week scary.
There were a number of worrying signs.
First, Eamon Ryan ruled himself out as Taoiseach. Which is the equivalent of me ruling myself out of contention for a place in Liverpool's forward line, should Mo Salah move on.
(And, by the way, didn't Eamon put himself forward for Taoiseach in February, and got all of 12 votes, including his own?)
In September 2008, Eamon was in the Cabinet "to keep an eye on FF" - right man, right place, right time. Then, the bankers came looking for the favour that devastated the country. Eamon's moment came, and went. He blew it.
Of the two men vying for Taoiseach, Micheal Martin leads a party that's infamous for allegations of cronyism and corruption, and for which it never apologised.
As Health Minister he left the familiar tattered resources behind. But he had some achievements.
Leo Varadkar, as Health Minister, came and went, the epitome of the chocolate teapot, the glass hammer, the inflatable dartboard.
As Taoiseach - well, he has a nice collection of photographs of himself.
Last week, a UN Special Rapporteur published a damning letter alleging Irish Government attacks on the marginalised, using the Public Services Card. The politician most associated with the "not compulsory but mandatory" card, Regina O'Doherty, lost her Dail seat two and a half months ago - she's still a minister.
Mr Varadkar did the usual round of photo ops and PR moments - from Prime Time to various public service locations, where he could visually associate himself with useful people.
These days, there's little pretence that Mr Varadkar exists for any reason other than to get his photo taken.
But this was business as usual. We're used to politicians who are not evil, just pointless.
The moment that made some of us sit bolt upright, hair standing on end, jaw dropping to belt level, was Simon Harris and the 18 Other Covids.
The "Covid-19" name was coined in February. It's short for Corona Virus Disease discovered in 2019.
In March, comedian Patton Oswalt was cracking jokes about how he didn't understand Covid-19, because, "I didn't see Covid 1-through-18".
Two weeks ago, RTE's children's programming explained it to the kiddies.
There's no reason the average person needs to keep up with such things. But, holy God, Simon Harris is Health Minister.
One might imagine someone in that position is familiar with the basics - what it is, how it works, what we know and don't know.
Hasn't he discussed all this, over and over again, week in and week out, with some of the most knowledgeable scientists in the business? Hasn't he ensured he's abreast of basic developments, knowing he might be called on at any moment to make life-changing decisions?
What the hell else is he doing?
When people were taken aback by Harris's ignorance, his response was to laugh about his "boo-boo".
A mistake, he said; inexplicable, he said.
A mistake is when you turn left instead of right. A mistake is when you sit down without noticing your glasses are on the chair. Harris's comment was the equivalent of Jurgen Klopp asking the referee what that white line painted across the middle of the pitch is for.
It suggests a disturbing level of detachment from the basics.
Fianna Fail and Fine Gael deliberately squandered 11 weeks of precious time isolating Sinn Fein, to give them an excuse to "reluctantly" accept governing together again.
We're told they might work something out by June - the month after next.
Isolating Sinn Fein is politics as usual, FF/FG are entitled to act as one party and to do that.
What they're also doing, though, is colluding to assert that votes cast for Sinn Fein don't count.
There was a time when that was easily done. Doing it now has consequences.
In February, 535,595 people voted for SF - that's 50,000 more than voted for FF; and 80,000 more than voted for FG.
In any circumstances, disrespecting that many voters risks degrading the political process.
Doing so in the midst of a health disaster of this proportion is reckless.
Doing so with a caretaker Cabinet of doubtful talent, with a Health Minister displaying a puzzling, shocking ignorance, is dangerous.
We're entering a phase in which public health depends on confidence in government decisions, if the populace is to cooperate.
Mostly, it's the experts who make decisions.
But those decisions are conveyed by ministers who've proven themselves to be time-wasters who think ignorance of their job is a mere "boo-boo".