How the coronavirus changed interpersonal relationships, or love in quarantine

Virus, pandemic, quarantine. Three things that have changed the lives of people all over the planet. The change has affected human relationships. And that includes the so-called eternal seekers and transients who preferred short-term relationships. Uncertainty has opened up new possibilities for them. Read the story of two people for whom coronavirus changed their view of love and relationships.

Lukas, 28

We met through Tinder and first met in December. I was immediately charmed by Tamara, she was fun and spontaneous. She understood that I was more of a loner and didn’t like to be attached to anyone. We hung out, sometimes went out with friends, I even met her parents.

But we never talked about ourselves as a couple. I didn’t take it seriously. But then came the virus and the quarantine. We were both under a lot of stress and uncertainty, like everyone else. What’s next? What’s going to happen to us? I thought about two possibilities.

  • break up
  • give ourselves to each other

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Yes, I was hesitant about breaking up too. I was scared and I didn’t have a good experience with commitment. But then I realized I really didn’t want to lose her. We video called a lot and communicated a lot more, talking for hours and hours about all sorts of things. I started to respect her. That’s when I decided I wanted to give it my all. I didn’t know what was going to happen in a week. But I had control over this.

Theresa, 26

I’d been dating my boyfriend for about two months when the quarantine started. Before that, we were always going out and hanging out at clubs, concerts or museums. I really liked him, but I was a little scared of what this “shutdown” would mean for our relationship.

I was afraid to start living together after such a short time. But it seemed like we had no other choice. So one day he moved in with me and we’ve been together ever since. And I’m so glad we did. That we conquered our fears and went for it. I got to know him much better and our relationship deepened.