Covid Romance: Pandemic puts international love to the test

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but what about a global pandemic, unemployment and travel restrictions? Image: Unsplash by Lauren Richmond.
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Love lockdown: Celine Alexander documents how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted relationships for international couples.

The pandemic has put significantly more strain on people’s international relationships, with many facing the difficult decision of whether to stay for love or leave for family.

Produced and presented by Celine Alexander, COVID Romance explores the different perspectives and experiences of two international couples and the challenges they’ve had to face during the pandemic, from visa stresses and cancelled flights to spending a lot more time together during lockdowns.

Swinburne University lecturer and psychologist Simone Buzwell examines the impact global Covid-19 measures and restrictions have had, in strengthening the good and exacerbating the bad.

COVID Romance also looks at the challenges facing those looking for love during harsh lockdowns and how the dating game has changed in response.