In times of worry, one of the most important things we can do is to let people know they are not alone. Kindness is the common denominator that keeps communities together when more is asked of them than they think they can manage.
The immense power a group of people with shared humane goals can summon is virtually limitless. And this is the reservoir we will all need to draw from.
Individually, many may currently feel overwhelmed but collectively we can rally to use all of our resources.
There are very particular moments in public affairs when a people get a chance to reveal their true character and identity, and this is one such.
People running up and down supermarket aisles, as if their hair was on fire in the opening scenes of 'Armageddon', may be forgiven for being frightened.
Their misguided selfishness needs to be called out, nonetheless.
Alexander Dumas wrote: "Before we are alarmed, we see correctly; when we are alarmed, we see double; and when we have been alarmed, we see nothing but trouble."
Those who give more, not who go out to get more, will be the ones we should look to and take our example from.
Yes, there is much to be wary of, but there is also an opportunity to regroup, start over, and move in the right direction.
Our Government has shown clarity and resolve in giving guidance.
This must now be seen in practical measures to help front-line health workers and service providers. The steps to help small businesses will be vital, every sector of our population is going to be affected from the very old to the very young. From crèches to nursing homes, routines are being disrupted.
In business, collapsing demand is going to dry up cash flows, so subsidies will have to be found to protect jobs and livelihoods.
The Government has been roundly criticised for giving preferential treatment to multinational conglomerates while ignoring the plight of small Irish firms. Now is a chance to address this. The €37bn in aid announced by the EU and the relaxing of rigid fiscal rules will help.
But we are not at our core an economy, but a people.
The key to getting through this health emergency lies not in the hands of governments - home, or abroad - but in our own.
Communities will be tested and patience will be tried, but we would do well to remember that those whom we depend on in difficulties are fighting a far harder battle.
Social distancing is not a noted Irish quality: but the most welcome gesture we might be able to make is to keep away, while keeping in touch.
It's hard to think of a more Irish solution to an Irish problem.