Anna, who is 29 and being asked to be identified by her middle name to protect her high-profile Washington, DC job, said the pandemic had put her under pressure. “When people my age aren’t married, they’re getting serious – about marriage, about children,” she said. “For people together, their schedules are speeding up because the pandemic is forcing them to make decisions. While single people cannot return in that year of their life. “
In August, she flew to Chicago to meet a man she’d texted and spoken to on FaceTime for a month. “You need the physical meeting,” she said. “I don’t even say sex. You might decide that you hate someone for chewing that way. “
The two spent a weekend in a hotel. “He was the only person I was familiar with for 10 months,” said Anna. She said she wouldn’t want to meet a stranger in person on a dating app. In this case, she knew where her date was working and that because of his work he had to undergo background checks and follow the strict security guidelines of Covid-19.
“It’s very difficult as an individual,” said Laura Khalil, 40, a Detroit podcast producer and host. Her parents who live nearby belong to a risk group and she is afraid of infecting them. “I couldn’t even touch my family,” said Ms. Khalil.
In August she decided to try again. After a few unsuccessful walks, she struck a match in a street cafe. They had a date as normal as a pandemic, with no mask, and after that, Ms. Khalil took a coronavirus test and was quarantined.
“I knew he was working from home, he had a capsule and he wasn’t going out,” she said. “Do I trust you? I believe you these are things we can’t know I can only accept and hope that you are not lying to me. “