Love in the Time of Coronavirus

With the toilet paper wars going on at the local Costco, shit has already hit the fan. When the W.H.O declared COVID-19 a pandemic, people went crazy. Batshit crazy. I have been in the dating scene for just over a year now and I hardly went on a couple of dates, but I have always been exposed to the dating scene.

Little did we know that 2020 would be the year of the coronavirus, though it initially made its appearance in 2019. A few decades back, dating was old school and you had to meet the other person before you even knew what was going on. But today, it is not the case. While we are all busy to work our assess off to earn enough money to pay our rent/mortgage and our bills, spending both time and money to even go on a date is questionable.

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Enter dating apps. I don’t use Tinder for a zillion reasons, but over the last couple of months, I had been trying out a few apps. I should admit that some of them are really good. Well, they obviously didn’t work for me because I mostly swipe left, but I have fun reading the profiles.

Since I follow stories in the ‘tech’ genre, I get a lot of those in my mail. A few days back, I read a post about Tinder posting messages asking people to maintain proper distance and be mindful of the coronavirus. That’s a commendable effort, but come on, it’s Tinder!

On the other hand, some poor guy in Montreal discovered that joking about having COVID-19 was a bad idea.

“Excuse me. Did you say you’ve been in China recently?!”

You can read the whole story here and I got a good laugh out of it. Honestly, if someone told me they had the coronavirus, I would be afraid. Very, very afraid. But I can take a joke. The coronavirus memes have got me going lately, but then, it also looks like the coronavirus is also looking for a hot date.

Source: Twitter

This was one of the very few profiles that I swiped ‘right’ for, but it turns out they were even picker than me. We didn’t match yet.

Neil Diamond probably didn’t even have the slightest idea of the coronavirus when he wrote Sweet Caroline in 1969, but it is still quite relevant today. A classic is always a classic, isn’t it?

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I usually refrain from much physical contact on the first date, except for a handshake and a hug, if the other person initiates. But for some people, things could get really physical.

The only way to completely avoid contracting the coronavirus is to lock yourself in a room and never see the light of day until it is no more a pandemic. The best we could do to avoid COVID-19 is to wash our hands more frequently.

Meeting people shouldn’t be a problem as long as both are aware that they are in good health and maintain good personal hygiene. If the person you have a date with is hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer, you might want to cancel. Not because they have the coronavirus, but because they lack common sense.

On the flip side, what a wonderful time to be alive!

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