By now, I am pretty confident you already know what the novel coronavirus is and how it is affecting the world, including dating. It is important to talk about the effect of the pandemic on dating life because it will continue to impact people at least for the next six months to come.
Just take an example of China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea where the virus has disturbed the love life of tens of millions of people.
So if you were in the process of finding a partner to rekindle your love life, should you put a full-stop and wait until things have settled down, or continue with your search albeit adjusting to certain precautions?
In this post, we’ll talk about how you can still date and continue to look for ‘The One’ regardless of what dating method you choose, with a focus on the matchmaking.
What is Covid-19?
- So before we talk about anything else, it makes sense to talk about the basics. So what exactly is Covid-19? It belongs to one of the families of coronaviruses that was first isolated in the 1960s. The virus is capable of infecting both animals and humans, and it can grow and mutate in a number of species of birds and mammals and then can jump onto humans.
The symptoms of the disease are very similar to common flu-like infections. They include high fever, dry coughing, and most notably – shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing.
- The biggest concern right now is to stop the spread of the virus because it can spread through droplets of saliva or mucus carried in the air which can travel for up to six feet or so when an individual coughs or sneezes.
The viral particles released from the mouth can then be breathed in, or if landed on a surface, can spread through touch or transferred through a handshake, or through intimacy – which brings me to the next section, can the coronavirus be sexually transmitted?
Is Coronavirus an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)
- In short, yes it is, or at least it can be sexually transmitted. It isn’t often described as that because STDs usually spread through sex. As I quoted earlier, Covid-19 is spread through the air on droplets of saliva or mucus when a person coughs or sneezes.
Since saliva is involved, and since sex normally involves the exchange of saliva and other bodily fluids, it makes perfect sense that the disease can be spread through intimacy. Though the disease is not typically sexually transmitted, it is still too soon to tell. But one thing is for sure, kissing an infected person is a sure way of getting the virus in your body.
Should You Stop Searching for a Partner During Coronavirus Pandemic?
- Yes, and no. First of all, understand that the coronavirus is a socially transmitted disease – meaning that it spreads whenever people are close together. In that sense, yes you have to absolutely distance yourself from people, at least until things have settled down a bit.
But it does not mean that you should completely give on dating. There are many ways you can still continue to date through online websites, mobile applications, and matchmakers.
- While it is pretty easy to understand that online dating platforms are the perfect place to go to rekindle your love life – at least digitally, how does matchmaking fix into this? Let’s talk about this in the next section.
Coronavirus and Matchmaking – Why You Shouldn’t Cancel Appointments Yet
- Matchmakers, just like anyone else, continue to work to ensure that life doesn’t stop for people who depend on these professionals. Yes, the dynamics have temporarily changed, matchmakers aren’t meeting people face to face right now, but they continue to work through digital means.
Most matchmakers have all their contacts digitally stored onto their personal computers and mobile devices, and they continue to tap into their network digitally. The only thing that has changed with the matchmaking system is that people are now talking and meeting both the matchmaker and their preferred matches online.
- For instance, Matchmakerreview.com, one of the leading platforms where matchmakers are and dating coaches actively working with people to coach them on love and help them find a reliable partner, has shifted to Zoom calls for appointments. Everything is being handled the same way, the only thing that has changed is that it is being done with ‘social distancing’ in mind.
So should you cancel your appointments with a matchmaker during the coronavirus pandemic? Absolutely not! The main idea behind matchmaking is to connect with people, and that can be done digitally until things settle down.
In fact, matchmakers are reliable sources to find a partner compared to dating sites where most of the dating profiles are unverified, scammers, or catfishers. My last message to you is to continue to ‘socially’ distance yourself, but to a point where you can still interact with others through digital means, even if they are new matches recommended by your matchmaker.