While social distancing could be used as a synonym for rural living in general, there is a new word about to enter our dictionary during COVID-19, which will bring particular challenges for our elderly and vulnerable groups. That is social cocooning.

In his speech on St Patrick’s night, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned us that Ireland was about to reach a point whereby we would have to take further drastic measures to protect our elderly and other vulnerable groups.