Older people may have to stay at home for several weeks.
A former Health Minister is asking people to follow the social distancing advice.
Older people and those with a long term illness may have to stay at home for several weeks to protect themselves against the virus.
Medical experts say this cocooning aims to create a safety zone around the vulnerable person.
Former Fianna Fail Longford / Westmeath TD Mary O’Rourke says ‘cocooning’ is a comforting word:
The Athlone woman says although she's a little nervous she's trying to keep her spirits up: