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Dating App Users Navigate New Norms as Real-Life Meetings Return

  • Daters discuss mask, health status before in-person meeting
  • Some Grindr users write ‘antibody positive’ on dating profiles
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Coronavirus Changes How People Look for Love

Kimberly Chao’s first date was canceled after he told her he might have caught the coronavirus. It took three negative tests and multiple video calls before he convinced her to finally meet in person -- three months after they started chatting on a dating app.

With restaurants and bars closed at the time, her date suggested they stroll around in New York City’s Soho area to check out protest street art on boarded-up store windows. They wore masks the whole time in their 90-minute meet-up.