Republic of Ireland international and Arsenal defender Louise Quinn says she misses home more than ever in the current climate, but is learning to take every day as it comes.

The 29-year-old has become a key figure for the London club and is on the crest of a wave at international level, with Vera Pauw's side top of their Euro 2021 qualifying group and well placed to qualify for a first-ever major tournament.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought sporting activities to a halt right around the globe and Quinn is seeing up close the impact the coronavirus is having on the UK, where 2,352 have now lost their lives.

"It's a crazy experience for everyone. It's scary," she told 2fm's Game On. "The NHS are doing their best and we take each day as it comes."

Being far from her family in Ireland makes it all the harder, she admits, though she says Facetime has been used extensively to keep in regular contact with loved ones.

We are all adapting to it, but it is so difficult.

"It's difficult. I'd love to be home. My other sister lives in Australia, so just one sister is at home with my parents, but we are fortunate we are all in good health and we are just hoping everyone gets through it.

"We are all adapting to it, but it is so difficult."

Quinn says that while football, and indeed sport, seems somewhat trivial given the global crisis at the moment, it does give her time to pause and reflect on Ireland's progress.

They currently occupy spot in Group I with four wins from five games and Quinn hopes that the Girls in Green can pick up where they left off when football returns.

"It is disappointing, and you want to get going and back to normal. Qualifying [for Euro 2021] under these circumstances would make it even sweeter.

"The momentum we had has been brilliant, but this is something you can't explain. At times you feel like it can only happen to you, but it is worldwide.

"I'm a sports fanatic, but at the moment it is at the back of my mind."