WHILE politicians scramble to find a clear, concise message in their response to the coronavirus crisis, spare a thought for the real frontline soldiers in this war.
Medical staff, be they nurses, doctors or those in administration, are dealing with a huge spike in the number of people seeking treatment.
The day-to-day work of a hospital employee is tough enough and right now, the pressure would be piling on as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.
But it is not just the staff of our hospitals and medical centres who have been working under stressful conditions.
What about the teachers who have been asked to keep fronting up at school even as parents are being asked to keep their children away?
They are now preparing face-to-face classes as well as online lessons, providing parents with option that they have been denied themselves.
Then there are unprecedented scenes and hoarding in the nation's supermarkets and other stores have also seen retail workers subjected to abuse from people whom quite frankly, ought to know better.
And now, with the government's wide-ranging bans and shutdowns starting, we are only going to see more frustration as shoppers find the places they can buy essential items continues to decrease.
Many of us are attempting to figure how we can work from home, especially those of us who rely on communication and are used to working so closely with out colleagues in this day-and-age of hot-desking.
All of this is happening while we all try to find a new normal in a world that's anything but normal at the moment.
However, we have to remember the reason why we are all self-isolating.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia is continuing to rise rapidly.
Already, there are reports that there may not be enough specialised medical equipment - like ventilators - in our hospitals, and we're told it's only going to get worse.
There is little doubt there will be many new cases and, sadly, more deaths.
Shopping is going to get harder and more of us are going to be increasingly confined to our homes, so it's going to be important that we keep calm and carry on.
We also need to keep thanking the people at the frontline who are working hard to get us through this crisis.