Getting ready for a Tinder date is complicated enough. First you have to scrutinize their photos to make sure they’re real. Then, you have to thoroughly Google stalk them to make sure they don’t have a criminal record. Now, thanks to the pandemic, we have to make sure we both test negative for COVID-19 before meeting up. Like the first two steps, though, the negative COVID-19 test is worth it for both safety and peace of mind. In March, Tinder announced that it’s partnering with Everlywell to give away 1,000 free COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kits to 500 Tinder members. Each recipient can take one and share one with their potential date, so everyone feels comfortable before deciding to meet in person.
Nicole Parlapiano, vice president of marketing for North America at Tinder, said in the announcement, “The pandemic has created no shortage of dating obstacles, but we think our members are pretty optimistic about getting back out there; January 3rd Swipe activity hit 3.4 billion, which was one of the busiest days of the entire pandemic. We’re excited to be working with Everlywell to make it easier for our members to go and meet their matches safely.”
Starting on March 20, Tinder users in the continental US can claim a code for their free Everlywell mail-in test on a first-come, first-served basis. Taking the test is easy. Just swab your nose and ship it back to Everlywell, then wait 24-48 hours for your results. Then, you just have to hope your date didn’t lose interest in those 48 hours.