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“The Coronavirus is Affecting My Long Distance Relationship”

The Coronavirus is Affecting My Long Distance Relationship

"The Coronavirus is Affecting My Long Distance Relationship"

The world is going a bit crazy right now due to the coronavirus… Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re definitely aware of the virus. According to the NHS, the coronavirus (aka COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The virus originated in Wuhan, China, and has now made its way all around the world. Lately, I’ve been getting tons of messages saying “the coronavirus is affecting my long distance relationship.”

To help contain the virus, travel bans have been put in place. Now, this may upset you, and you have every right to be upset, but you need to understand that the travel bans are to help stop the virus from spreading. So, unfortunately, we’re going to have to deal with them for a while, which means, you may not be able to see your partner for quite some time.

If you were one of the people who said, “the coronavirus is affecting my long distance relationship”, then continue reading this blog!

Here is some advice to help you deal with not being able to see your partner during the coronavirus outbreak!

1. Talk on FaceTime / Skype

I know, I know… Talking to your partner virtually is nowhere near being the same as talking in person. However, you have to work with what you have! Thankfully, we live in a world with awesome technology. So, grab your phone or computer, and video chat with your partner! Both of you are going to be feeling the same way about not being able to see each other, so spend some time together online. You’ll be able to see each other (virtually) and talk about how you’re feeling.

2. Think realistically

As I’m sure you’re aware, people have been going a bit overboard… Stocking up on toilet paper is not going to cure a virus, just saying. Keep reminding yourself that the world isn’t ending! This will all blow over soon and you’ll be able to see your partner again. This brings me to my next point…

3. Stay positive

I say this in so many of my blogs… Stay positive! When you think positive, you feel positive. So, don’t sit around and tell yourself “oh my gosh, I’m never going to see my partner again”, “the world is ending, my life is falling apart”, etc… Take a deep breath! You WILL see your partner again, the world is NOT ending, and this travel ban WON’T last forever. Yes, things are tough right now for long distance couples, but soon enough, you’ll be able to reunite with your partner… It’s just going to take time. So, in the meanwhile, try to think only positive thoughts!

4. Spend time with other people who love you

The coronavirus isn’t just affecting long distance couples… It’s really affecting everyone. People aren’t allowed to work, and in some countries, people aren’t allowed to leave their homes – it’s ridiculous! So, if you’re stuck at home, then make the most of the time and spend it with your family. Play some board games, watch some funny movies, and make each other laugh. Take this as an opportunity to get closer to your family who love and support you!

5. Play online games with your partner

I recently wrote a blog all about online games for couples, so what better timing to read that blog than right now!? There are tons of online multiplayer games where you can meet up with your partner in a virtual world. They’re actually pretty fun!

Click here to check out some online games for couples!

The coronavirus is affecting my long distance relationship, too.

So, I can definitely relate to how you’re feeling. My partner doesn’t know when he’ll be able to visit me in New York next due to the travel bans. However, we’re staying strong and hoping for the virus to disappear sooner than later.

The NHS stated to “stay at home if you have either:

  1. a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  2. a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a doctor, pharmacy or hospital.”

The NHS also included a list of what to do to ensure you stay safe, so make sure to educate yourself on those steps!

I hope it’s not too much longer that you and your partner need to be apart. Good luck, stay positive, stay safe, and remind yourself that you’ll see them soon!

Monica Patterson

to perfectly sum me up, I'm a dad jokes enthusiast who's either busy filming videos on Youtube, petting a dog, or talking about my long distance relationship! I currently own 3 companies: Infinite Management (a social media management company) Hidden Candle (a personalized candle company) Long Distance Relationships Blog! alongside my companies, I'm a social media influencer who enjoys making videos on YouTube about my relationship and who loves to travel the world!




  • Georgina Navarro

    Hello guys… I live in México City and my boyfriend is from Milton Keynes . Im pregnant and he dont want to return to Uk this week for the coronavirus situation buy change the flight cost a lot .. prices that we never imagine. So he dont have option to return to Uk. We are very scared about Coronavirus cause is affecting flights,our lifes and all.

    • Nina

      Thank you, this made me feel like I am not the only one going through this right now. I live in Switzerland and my partner in the U.S. and we haven‘t seen each other since January. We wanted to get married this spring but now everything is very uncertain. I wish you and everyone in this situation all the strength and I hope that it will be over soon and we can all be close to our loved ones again.

      • Anjali

        Omg Reading your replies makes me feel supported in such a situation! My partner and I live countries apart and this year we were supposed to branch the distance and get engaged. But everything has become uncertain and the unknown is scary. All we can do is keep believing something good will happen soon and they’d allow us to travel from Malaysia to India again.

  • Kelsey Springer

    Hi Mon
    I just got back from Michigan. I live in Ohio and my bf who’s the best thing to ever happen to me lives in Michigan.
    Ohio just ordered a stay in place order and I’m so scared I hate politics and this whole situation in general. We go back and forth every other weekend. I’m unemployed and we may not be able to go on vacation this year.
    Thank you for the advice I’ll ask him on the games and stuff. I appreciate you guys so much and y’all will make it through it we all will.
    If you guys can go out support some local eateries they need it now more than ever.

  • Emily

    I currently live in the U.S and my boyfriend lives in England. We met in college and were inseparable until COVID. With everything starting to get back to some type of normalcy, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the travel ban allowing him to return to school. Everyday I try and stay positive but I really would love to be reunited with him soon

    • Monica Gartner

      It’s definitely difficult! Just stay positive… The time will pass and you’ll be reunited again soon!

  • Prateek Varma

    Hi guys I’m Prateek and I met a girl named Elina she is from Italy but she is stuck in Nigeria we met on Fb after talking for few days we exchanged numbers. We love each other but she is not able to open up to me and now she doesn’t text me even when she is online please give some advice

    • Monica Gartner

      You have to be honest with her. Tell her how you’re feeling – this will help her to understand your thoughts… Best of luck!