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Valentine's Day, Dating Complicated By Coronavirus Pandemic

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but once again, the holiday is complicated by the coronavirus. CBS2's Nick Caloway took a look at the world of dating during a pandemic.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but once again it's another holiday complicated by coronavirus.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: So we take a look at the world of dating during a pandemic. CBS2's Nick Caloway has that.

NICK CALOWAY: Love is in the air, but the virus might be, too, which makes dating tricky, at best.

MIKE PREFER: I feel like there's not much opportunity to kind of meet people. And there's, like, safety concerns, you know.

JACK BURNS: It's really weird. I mean, where do you-- it's hard to say, "OK, let's go to a restaurant and be in a risky situation."

NICK CALOWAY: The virus has led many to try dating apps. Last spring during the shutdowns, online dating surged, and that trend has continued.

Eharmony launched its video dating service last April. Kristin Berry with eharmony says it's been a hit.

KRISTEN BERRY: It's a great way of getting to know someone before you're ready to take the step of meeting in person.

NICK CALOWAY: Match.com's chief science advisor Helen Fisher says those video chat dates help people weed out potential bad dates before meeting face to face.

HELEN FISHER: We're going to see much more meaningful first dates because singles are using this study-- this video chatting as a vetting process.

EMMY NICHOLSON: Dating has honestly kind of been the thing that's been keeping me sane, just given I can't go to concerts, I can't go to bars.

NICK CALOWAY: Emmy Nicholson, a 26-year-old publicist in Brooklyn, says she's gotten more picky since the pandemic hit. A sticking point for her now is how careful a potential suitor is when it comes to being responsible and wearing a mask.

EMMY NICHOLSON: And if people aren't doing-- I actually had one person I stopped seeing because they just didn't care. And I was like, "OK, if you don't care about everyone else, you're probably not going to care about me that much."

NICK CALOWAY: Nicholson says she's still looking for love, but is in no hurry.

Meanwhile, the dating site experts say now is actually a pretty good time to be single. After all, Cupid doesn't take breaks for coronavirus.

In Hoboken, New Jersey, Nick Caloway, CBS2 News.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: I love when they use the word vetting.

MAURICE DUBOIS: Vetting.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: [LAUGHS]

MAURICE DUBOIS: Like an Interview process. Just making sure.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Yeah.

MAURICE DUBOIS: Got to get it right.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Just to make sure.

MAURICE DUBOIS: That's right.