Everyone is adjusting to being packed in together within the four walls of home.
Most relationships thrive on the normal diversions of work, sport and sharing special occasions with friends and family, but such escapes are not an option right now.
Life in a time of self-isolating is different and it needs adjusting to in order to meet the unique challenges that it brings.
The novelty factor has long gone. People were creative and putting their best foot forward to do the right thing at the start, but keeping up that effort can be difficult and, for couples who value their relationship, it is important to take some steps to protect their love and intimacy before it's too late.
This is a time laden with anxiety, with many unknowns, and everyone reacts differently.
Within a household you may find one partner who feels more in control if they know everything about the crisis - the science, the numbers and the daily bulletins - but the other may find information provokes stress.
It is important that couples respect each other's different approach and don't insist on their own way as the right way or the only way.
In every household and within every relationship, there are behaviours that irritate. Often these can be ignored more easily when you are not together 24/7.
It is worth having a conversation about these behaviours now and asking for them to be given special attention in the weeks ahead.
Make a small list of three behaviours from each person and the promise to pay extra attention to these at this time.
Anxiety can affect mood and can cause irritability. It is important to notice changes in each other's mood and to recognise it may be related to the constricted environment of the moment and not to take it personally.
Give space for each person to manage their own mood
Working from home requires respecting each other's space and boundaries, not only physical but in terms of time and concentration. Understanding each other's needs in this regard can avoid conflict.
Keep out of each other's space for work periods and avoid interruptions with jokes or bits of news.
It is almost impossible not to have some irritations between you, but it is wise to handle them well to avoid escalation.
Think about ignoring what you cannot change, and most definitely counting to 10, if not 100, and creating space between the point of irritation and the discussion that needs to be had. Have the conversation later when emotions are cooler and more collected, focus on behaviours and avoid personal criticisms.
If frustrations are building, it may be important for you to step away from the situation, virtually anyway, and have a chat with a friend or someone outside the household. This will help you to download and to keep perspective.
Having time alone to read or watch something, without discussing or sharing is important. Agree to that schedule, whether it is an hour or more.
The constant discussions and sharing can be tiring and cause irritation. Create that personal space. You will both benefit from it.
Desire is lit by the fact of being both present and absent to each other. If you want to maintain sexual intimacy and to foster desire in this time of omnipresence to each other then you will need to create time for fun.
So create a date night. Switch off all the bad news and the data feed.
Don't talk about Covid-19 or any of the pressures. Just make it sweet and make it fun. Dress for the occasion and change the mood, light the candles and make it nice.
Keep your communication loving and kind. You are in this together and need to hold the value of your relationship in view.
Don't forget to say thank you and show appreciation for all the little things and take turns at the small gestures of love and appreciation.
Don't feel guilty about having some fun - it is important to your mental health and to your relationship.
Ultimately, your job is to stay home and stay safe so that others can be protected and cared for in our hospitals. Staying home is your job now and doing that job well is important, not only to limit the spread of coronavirus but also to protect your relationship in this testing time.
Life is all changed, changed utterly, since the Taoiseach gave last Friday night's declaration. People of my age are really in lockdown; you simply cannot leave the house. I find this restriction very difficult, as I had got used to taking off in my car and having a little drive, just a few miles here and there, and coming back home refreshed again.
There is a familiar rhythm to nature's calendar which has begun to play insistently in my mind during the last few weeks. As the newspapers and TV brim with stories and images of disease and infection, my windowsills begin to fill with recycled plastic food trays that slowly sprout straggly rows of tiny seedlings - undaunted by the grim news that fills each day and bursting with hope for the good times still to come in the wake of this savage spring