Going into the coronavirus pandemic there were terrifying predictions that doctors in Northern Ireland would have to ration intensive care unit beds.
A team of experts advising the Department of Health here warned there could be upwards of 15,000 deaths once Covid-19 took hold.
Meanwhile, rumours swirled that leisure centres across the province were being lined up to act as mortuaries as existing facilities would be unable to cope with the sheer volume of bodies.
It seemed almost too horrific to imagine, but as we watched the devastating scenes unfold in Italy and Spain, Covid-19 no longer seemed just the stuff of nightmares.
It was reality - the virus was highly infectious, it was deadly, and it was rapidly advancing towards us.
Health officials moved swiftly to prepare the health service for the onslaught: staff were redeployed, clinics and surgical lists were cancelled, and hospital beds were emptied. But in the middle of the panic to help the NHS brace for a spike in critically ill people, care homes and the staff and residents within them, appear to have fallen to the wayside.
The Department of Health rejects this accusation. Only last week Health Minister Robin Swann declared that while the media was concentrating on how hospitals would cope, his officials were equally as concerned with protecting care homes from Covid-19. Certainly, people working within the sector would argue that this is not the case.
What is even more troubling about this is the fact that we knew how vulnerable care homes were to Covid-19 - we had already seen it sweep through nursing and residential homes in mainland Europe with deadly results
A severe lack of personal protective equipment and testing of residents and staff, coupled with a controversial policy of admitting residents from hospital, reinforces concerns that care homes were left exposed.
What is even more troubling about this is the fact that we knew how vulnerable care homes were to Covid-19 - we had already seen it sweep through nursing and residential homes in mainland Europe with deadly results.
Mr Swann stands by the decisions he made relating to care homes; the Department of Health is still allowing care homes to admit residents with Covid-19, for example.
This is despite the fact that successive experts have warned the policy will lead to outbreaks in care homes, while some care homes are refusing to accept anyone known to have the virus as they feel it is too dangerous for existing residents and staff.
Again, the Department of Health has said there is no conclusive evidence that admitting residents from hospital has resulted in outbreaks.
At the same time it has not been able to produce conclusive evidence that it has not. Similarly, it has also been unable to say how many care home residents have actually succumbed to Covid-19.
It appears that this was not being monitored by officials as Mr Swann had to press the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency to undertake an analysis of hospital death figures.
It's a depressing reality that Covid-19 is here to stay and so we must establish best practice moving forward
This work has been completed and we now know that 62 of the people who died in hospital from Covid-19 up to last Friday had caught the virus in a care home.
The fact that this information is now available is to be welcomed, but it adds further weight to concerns that care homes have not always been a priority.
It's a depressing reality that Covid-19 is here to stay and so we must establish best practice moving forward.
That can only be done when we know how effective our response has been to date, and this is impossible to gauge if we don't know how many care home residents have died.
Furthermore, if we are to accept assertions that care homes are a priority, the very least we can do is keep an accurate record of those who have lost their lives.