Broadcaster Joe Duffy is hard at work each day on Liveline but there is time for watercolours and magazines too.

"It’s what you do, when you have nothing to do that will define this emergency.

"While the majority of the great staff in RTÉ are working off-site, programmes like Liveline need people to be in place. However, the Radio Centre is practically empty with those of us in situ sitting far apart.

"Everyone's routine has changed. My daily early morning gym and swim has gone. I miss the swimming most and am not hardy enough to brave the freezing waters off the Bull Wall like others who I now see on my early morning solitary walk.

"When you’ve nothing to do, why not try something new? I find dabbling with watercolours while listening to an audiobook extremely relaxing. You need just one brush, a small set of watercolours and heavy paper. Anyone can paint, just try it.

"Of course, everyone recommends reading. If you are a member of a public library you can access 'Borrow Box' for e-books and countless magazines. I love browsing these magazines, ending invariably up somewhere obscure like Motorhome Monthly.

"Why not keep a diary during the emergency? Apart from the therapy of writing, it also means that if you do get Covid-19 you can quickly consult and find out who you might have come in contact with recently.

"We are a great nation of talkers and writers and we can still do it with the aid of wonderful modern technology. Keeping in touch does not have to mean being in touch.

"The emergency reminds us what a rich tapestry of life courses through the veins of Irish society. I hope when this is over we will appreciate and support these wonderful activities from circuses to amateur dramatic groups.

"Remember - family, community, friends, neighbours will get us through times of no money, better than money would ever get us through times of no family, community, friends and neighbours.

"Stay well, look after each other."

Joe Duffy presents Liveline on RTE Radio One, weekdays at 1:45pm