The document released by the GAA on Friday entitled 'Guidelines on Safe Return to Gaelic Games' included this paragraph: "There are low rates of child-to-adult or child-to-family member transmission in the limited number of studies available. As with all situations there is a risk of infection but it appears to be lower in children. Outdoor activity appears to further lower the risk."
On March 16, as coronavirus was spreading through Italy, the Financial Times was reporting that: "35% of those who have died from coronavirus in Italy were aged between 70 and 79, and 43% were aged 80-89, according to the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, the technical-scientific arm of the country's national health service".
The week before in Bergamo, one of the worst-hit cities in the region of Lombardy where almost half of Italy's active infections were located, the local newspaper L'Eco di Bergamo saw an increase in their obituary pages from one and a half to 10.
That's 10 pages full of obituaries.
One of the key reasons for such a devastating toll is the Italian family model, with grandparents helping out with the childcare of their grandchildren.
The structure of families here is very similar. Here, however, we were prepared having borne witness to Italy's misery.
Since March 16, my wife's mother and father have not stepped across the threshold of our house. Not once. Prior to that, my mother-in-law was over every single day and we were glad to have her with three children aged five, two and five months.
The re-integration of small children and grandparents will be an extremely careful bit of business, but there's something slightly reckless about sending children out to training at this point.
We cannot send our children into schools to be educated, yet teachers can drop their children off to be coached at the local pitch, by amateurs. How is that right?
The return to play guidelines are so arduous that many will be asking, 'What is the point?'
Here is a small section: "Prior to each training session, and until further notice, players, parents/guardians and backroom personnel should complete the self-administered standard risk assessment health questionnaire. Each participant is also advised to check and record their temperature on the health questionnaire."
Facilities need to be prepared with signs erected, hand gel dispensers placed at the car park, toilets, entrance to the pitch and at pitch side, and disposal bins for hazardous biological waste need to be available and clearly marked.
Doors and windows need to be kept open in toilets, you should open doors with your elbows, use paper towels to turn taps on and off, and you have to disinfect balls, sliotars, hurleys, helmets and gloves.
There needs to be a Covid-19 supervisor who has to wear a clearly marked bib and collect health questionnaires from each child, ensure the facilities are sanitised before and after every session, and maintain records of attendees.
It's some bit of business, pushing all the responsibility onto the clubs and volunteers. As one friend quipped the other day: "The GAA demands a lot."
Of course, there will be those who don't like the tone this column is adopting. There are those who will have greeted Friday's announcement as a day of national celebration and cannot wait to get stuck in again.
But it will not be for everyone. Right now, you can divide the parents of children into three groups regarding the way they drop their offspring off for under-age practice.
Some barely stop the car in leaving the children off; they either hop back into the car to scroll on their phone or tear back off home to attend to further chores and duties.
Others will hang around on the sidelines. And then you have the coaches themselves.
Each group has concerns, but the number of volunteers could be depleted following lockdown.
Prior to this semi-colon to their lives, their involvement with their club was absolute, an unquestioning element of what they are as people. One season rolled into the next and they kept going because, well, why not? And someone had to do it.
Now that there is a risk of infection of a disease, and they have had the space of the last few months' contemplation, they have gone from being committed clubpeople to committed family men and women.
They might think twice about all the effort they are putting into the children of parents who in some cases can be completely ungrateful for the service, while attendances will suffer.
And the responsibilities don't sound as much fun either.
Who wants to spend an hour after training by the sidelines with the floodlights off, spraying anti-bacterial agent into helmets, on hurls, sliotars or footballs?
All of which has us wondering, what was the rush at all?