Numbers are not great storytellers. They don't betray emotion, so from time to time it is no harm to recall that behind the epidemiological and economic figures a human tragedy is also unfolding.
Lives and jobs are being fought for in a way like never before. All around the country extraordinary examples of personal sacrifice are being witnessed in an emergency response.
But this sense of national crisis is still conspicuously absent in some political quarters. The clock did not stop on democracy when the coronavirus lockdown was enforced.
With political leadership comes an onerous responsibility to communicate the gravity of the situation to a public which may not otherwise sense danger. But there is an equally pressing obligation to demonstrate the urgency through leading by example. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said that he thinks Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael "can make it work this time" in forming a government.
At this dark hour in the nation's history, there can be no excuse not to.
The two parties have recognised their duties and have stepped up; but the election of a Taoiseach is now imperative. When the Dáil meets in the National Conference Centre on the 16th of this month, a message of reassurance must be sent to the people paving the way for a government.
At some point soon, an exit strategy from lockdown must be prepared for, and a recovery plan set in place. All leaders must surely be aware by now that saving lives, saving the country and saving jobs must be elevated above saving any individual party franchise. A total of 714,000 people are now receiving social welfare income payments from the Department of Social Protection.
The scale of demand for the Covid-19 payment demonstrated the "once-in-a-century nature of the emergency facing the country", Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said.
Colossal as these figures are, they do not adequately communicate the sense of anxiety in homes around the nation. Those who have stood for office must now step forward.
Today, European finance ministers will meet in Brussels to try and come up with a suite of proposals to cope with the pandemic.
There are a number of measures being countenanced, but the union has never been assailed on so many fronts simultaneously.
This is a global disaster, and will need global solutions. In the US, nearly 10 million people have applied for unemployment benefits in the past two weeks.
The Trump administration has unashamedly adopted the authority of a "wartime" presidency. A "Pearl Harbor" moment has been spoken of.
The coronavirus maybe an invasive "enemy", but if it is war, it is asymmetrical. It can only be beaten if a collective defence is mounted.
At some point when this darkness passes, those politicians still thinking of taking a backward step and opting out of government, can expect to be asked: what did you do to help?