Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney said "we must make sure the cure isn't worse than the disease" as he encouraged the GAA community to look after each other's psychological wellbeing in the current Covid-19 pandemic.

McGeeney, speaking to RTÉ 2fm's Game On, was reflecting on GAA President John Horan's comments that the games are unlikely to return as long as social distancing measures are in place.

The GAA have already said it's unlikely inter-county games will be played before October, and McGeeney believes now is the time for unity as younger people in particular adapt to a trying situation.

"It's hard to have a comment on it," he said.

"Everyone is saying things at the moment based on the knowledge they have right now. Things are changing very quickly.

"He's not said anything that probably people didn't know. He's trying to put a best guess estimate on when the games will return. All you can do is try to roll with the punches and see what happens.

"We want to keep our families, our players, everybody involved healthy. We always have to balance that by making sure the cure isn't worse than the disease, and that the mental health of the young people - and everybody involved in our club and counties throughout the country - that we have some kind of structure and community spirit to connect with going forward in the safest manner possible."

McGeeney, who captained the Orchard County to the All-Ireland SFC crown in 2002, had been enjoying a good spring with his team.

Armagh sat top of Division 2 before the coronavirus halted the league campaign and looked on course to gain promotion.

The 48-year-old said there's an enormous hunger for the games to come back, highlighting the potential for club games to draw massive crowds if they do return first. 

"When you're out doing your shop people are always asking, 'well Kieran do you think there'll be any football this year?'. There is a huge desire for it.

"You see every year even in January when the McKenna Cup or O'Byrne Cup starts again you have massive crowds at not so important games. It'll be interesting if they do start with the club.

"They think there wouldn't be big crowds, but if they put match o at the local field there could be five or six thousand at a club game at the moment, there's that much of a desire for it!"

When asked about the differing protocols being followed north of the border to contain the virus, he added:  "We live in a 32-county country, regardless of what we might think, especially in our own sport. I suppose you just have to try and adhere what is the best-case scenario for everyone involved in it.

"At the minute everybody is doing their best to try and do what they're told but we can see already elements of people finding it tough to keep n the lockdown. Part of our make-up is to be in control, to be able to think we have choices.

"There's probably only so long you can do that to people. How that's going to balance out with social distancing, even with getting to work in Dublin... I worked in Dublin for 20 years and getting in on the DART, I wish them luck trying to get social distancing on there.

"Things change on a daily basis. I'm assuming that people will make decisions on what's best for everybody. People are dying out there."