The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people's relationships, for better and for worse.
After months of sheltering-in-place as the country continues to battle an ongoing public health crisis, COVID-19 has proven to be more than just a threat to one's physical health. Be it mental health, sobriety, or romantic relationships, the pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of daily life. Single people thrust into quarantine immediately found it nearly impossible to continue dating when they weren't able to touch, kiss, or even see their love interest face-to-face. Couples who had just started dating were put into an awkward position of either moving in together sooner than later, or spending more time apart. And many of those in serious relationships were suddenly spending all of their time with or around their partner.
In the beginning of the pandemic, the internet was full of memes that basically said relationships were either going to thrive or suffer — there was no in between — and it was a bit nerve-wracking. But the ways in which this pandemic has altered people's relationships are far more complex than that. Woman's Day spoke to 20 real couples from across the country, to gain a better understanding of how romantic partners are navigating this pandemic together... and, in some instances, apart. And while some couples did indeed struggle, others found a silver lining to hold onto amidst the chaos and uncertainty.