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I really can’t imagine trying to date amid this pandemic. Picture it: You’ve finally recovered from a bad breakup and decide that 2020 is going to be “your year” to put yourself out there. All of a sudden, your options have dwindled down to A) Endless FaceTime “dates” and socially-distanced, masked walks in the park, both of which don’t allow you to judge whether that crucial, in-the-flesh chemistry exists, or B) Going about your dating life as if the pandemic doesn’t exist and risking catching COVID from someone who “forgot” their wallet at dinner.

However, after really thinking about it, I realized that 2020 romance-seekers have an advantage because there’s no room for game-playing. First, you can find out immediately what someone’s stance is on COVID protocol (tip: If they suggest meeting at their place right away, it probably isn’t in line with yours). Second, if you make it clear that you want to spend time getting to know a person by phone/at a safe distance first, and only get physically close after you’ve both quarantined and tested negative, you’ll easily weed out anyone who isn’t serious about a relationship.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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