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Don’t Touch Your Face: Dating During Covid-19


On this week’s episode: How the pandemic is changing the way we meet people.

Coronavirus-related lockdowns have upended many aspects of our lives, including how we date. On this week’s episode of Don’t Touch Your Face, hosts Amy Mackinnon and James Palmer look at how the pandemic has given rise to a new kind of courtship, from the rise of video-chat apps to socially distanced first dates. 

They’re joined by Zach Schleien, the founder of the dating app Filter Off, and Lauren Knight, a freelance journalist who has written for Elle about her experience of Zoom first dates. 

Further Reading

The Unique Horror Of Zoom First Dates,” Elle. 

How Coronavirus Is Changing the Dating Game for the Better,” New York Times.

About Don’t Touch Your Face:  On the last day of 2019, China reported an unusual outbreak in Wuhan, a port city with a population of 11 million. Within two months, the disease would spread to almost every continent on the globe and kill thousands of people. From Foreign Policy, a podcast about the extent of the COVID-19 contagion, the threat it poses, and what countries are doing to contain it. Join FP’s James Palmer and Amy Mackinnon as they track the spread of the virus and explore what it means for people’s everyday lives. Have a coronavirus question for us to explore? Email it to  See All Episodes

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