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Love in the time of Coronavirus

As governments invoke emergency powers to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, and social distancing measures preclude meeting people in bars, cafes or restaurants, love is still finding a way.

The night after Spain’s government ordered a nationwide lock-down to stem the spread of Coronavirus, 30-year-old Marcos got up the nerve to ask the woman he’d been messaging on Tinder.

While some users like Marcos are meeting in person, many are romancing online because of the public health risks, often using in-app video chats.

Kelsey, 29, from Connecticut, said most people she found on Tinder and Hinge still seemed open to liaisons. One man she chatted with recently wanted to meet, but his family forbade him from leaving the house. Another readily agreed.

Keith Jones, 47, was apprehensive when he went out on a first date with a woman he met on the Hinge app to a Mexican restaurant in Syracuse in upstate New York.