Zoom me, maybe: Singles seeking love in a time of COVID find new ways to hook up – The Times of Israel
Finding one’s soulmate can be something of a challenge, and never more so than during a pandemic, when social distancing has replaced social interaction.
As the world marks its first Valentine’s Day since the pandemic became entrenched globally, those looking for love have an array of options meant to make up for the now-impossible casual in-person interactions, from dating apps and video dates to speed-dating online and matchmakers. But some singles say there is no substitute for meeting someone in person — even, it turns out, in a coronavirus hotel.
That’s what happened to Ilan Atri and Georgia Martin, two Masa Israel fellows who fell in love while convalescing together in a coronavirus hotel in Tel Aviv, where they were quarantined with fellow Masa participants who had all contracted COVID-19.
“We’ve figured out that the amount of time we spent in the corona hotel is around the same amount of time we would have spent dating over the course of a few months,” said Atri, who is now living in Tel Aviv with Martin and two other friends.
Their weeks spent together in the quarantine hotel were pretty idyllic, said Atri. After each being sick in bed