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I n opposition to the smug marrieds, we singletons have always liked to position ourselves on the frontline of life, squaring off against creeps and weirdos in our valiant search for love. OkCupid, meanwhile, has found that mentions of the virus on UK profiles are skyrocketing. I am not active on any apps at the moment, but I have been picturing those first dates taking place against the backdrop of a global pandemic.
It is easy to imagine the chat, at least. Coronavirus has handed single people the most obvious of openers. Screw getting-to-know-you questions about work or family — right now all conversations come back to the virus. The story offered something for everyone; it was the perfect first-date fodder.
In that case, of course, the stakes were much lower at least for those of us outside the cave. Yet dating, and app dating in particular, is a risk at the best of times. And on the other, especially for women, you are meeting a stranger who may intend to do you harm.
Like the threat of catching a virus, these risks are nearly impossible to anticipate. Meeting a stranger you know from the internet has, to some extent, always been an exercise in trust. It is increasingly hard to know how to do so, with doctors warning that the virus may be spread by those not yet showing any s of infection.
Once you have resolved to leave your home, how do you gauge or mitigate these risks? Do you ask your date to wash their hands in front of you? Bail on their second cough? And with no repartee sparkling enough to win you a kiss at the end of the night, you might reasonably ask yourself: why bother?
In this sense, the coronavirus crisis may offer some a reprieve. But it is also a strange and unsettling time to be alone. At 3am a friend of mine in a long distance relationship impulsively booked a flight across Europe to be with her partner in the UK, just before travel restrictions were imposed.
You may have no reason to believe you are infected, but you remain hostage to an abstract sense of threat, even if coronavirus is no more real to you than a run on pasta at your closest supermarket. I feel most for the people who are following the crisis alone. It is in this time of instability that you most want to retreat into relationships that make you feel safe, and supported — into a more secure, benign world of your own making. The greatest comfort to be had might be in sharing your anxiety and uncertainty with someone else.
If not your saliva. Opinion Coronavirus. This article is more than 1 year old. Elle Hunt. Sat 14 Mar . Reuse this content.19 in search of love
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