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An elderly woman stands before empty shelves of sold out toilet paper and paper towels at a drug store in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

An elderly woman stands before empty shelves of sold out toilet paper and paper towels at a drug store in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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An elderly woman stands before empty shelves of sold out toilet paper and paper towels at a drug store in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The coronavirus is about to ask questions of most of us we have probably never been asked before.

They cannot be answered with ignorance, but can certainly be compounded by it.

The emergency measures announced by the Taoiseach are all preventative.