Ireland and Munster man Keith Earls urged members of the public to listen to the experts as he aired his concern over his own daughter during the current spread of the coronavirus.

Earls' daughter has a lung condition, and the 32-year-old took to social media to heighten awareness of the importance of appropriate interaction during this time. 

"As a father of a child with a serious respiratory lung condition and many others like her, I urge the public to please listen to the professionals. I will do everything I can to protect her," he said.

"Everyone has a part to play. I'm usually a private person but the actions of some people is really starting to worry me. This is an extremely worrying and scary time and we all need to take immediate action. Please."

On Saturday Dr Tony Holohan issued his own message to the people of Ireland: "We ask people, in as much as possible, to reduce their discretionary social activity and that means some of the traditional social activity that we enjoy in pubs and restaurants and for people to be aware that there are restaurants and other locations that have tried in an innovative way to implement social distancing arrangements."

Ireland Women's player Ciara Griffin echoed those sentiments and referenced more of Dr Holohan's advice when she tweeted: "Listen to the experts: 'Social distancing applies to all age groups, all people in Ireland. We need our younger generation to follow social distancing measures'. DO YOUR PART."