We’re all being urged to distance ourselves from others as much as we possibly can to stop the spread of coronavirus Covid-19.
For most of us this means we’ll all be spending a lot of time with our families or housemates for the next few weeks – but one woman found herself stuck indoors with a rather unusual companion.
Thea de Gallier ended up having to self-isolate with her Hinge date just five days after meeting him for the first time.
They spent two weeks locked up together, sharing food and introducing each other to their favourite TV shows – and they even came up with some interesting nicknames for each other – “posh twat” and “povvo”.
Thea, who works for BBC Three, shared her unusual experience on Twitter – and people can’t get enough of their “modern love story” – which came with the hashtag #isolationandchill.
She said: “It’s time I did my public service and offered you all a bit of light relief.
“I’ve seen a lot of jokes about meeting someone and ending up having to self-isolate with them after one night together.
“Readers, I am in isolation with a man I met on Hinge last Thursday.”
She continued the thread: “How’s it been so far, you ask?
“Well, his dog hated me at first but now happily sits on me, I’ve done a terrible Chewbacca impression, I’m wholeheartedly using this situation to give my WhatsApp groups the content they need and want.”
But, it seemed the unusual arrangement has proven quite useful…
“We’ve pooled our food resources. I’ve quit smoking. I’ve introduced him to EastEnders (devastated by today’s news).
“We banish each other to separate rooms for space but still send memes.”
And also added: “There’s the practical aspect that we can convert one of our flats to a food bunker if necessary (don’t worry, we’re not idiots going out and stockpiling bog roll).
“After living alone for the past year though, this is quite an unprecedented adjustment”.
Due to the increased number of people longing to find out what happened next in their ‘love story’, Thea created #isolationandchill and went on to explain their differences, saying: “We are, let’s say, from opposite ends of the class scale but have dealt with this in good humour by calling each other (respectively) “posh twat” and “povvo” #coronavirusuk.”
Thea revealed that both her and her date had been asked if they’re “mad” for temporarily moving in together after only knowing each other five days, but assured everyone “so far, we’re having nice time”.
“Those who know me know how much of a committed stone-hearted pessimist I am.
“So I’m sorry to get all cute but for two people who live alone, this has been perfect timing. Now we just need Craig David to resurface and write a day-by-day song about it.”
She also revealed that from their window they have a good view from the park, and proceeded to stitch up all the people who were not following social distancing rules of keeping two metres apart, saying: “If we had a megaphone we’d have designated ourselves the Social Distancing Police and be shouting at you out the window”.
But, this doesn’t mean she ain’t thought of everything that could go wrong…
“We predicted earlier that there are only 4 possible states anyone can emerge from this: with a terrible DIY haircut, pregnant, divorced/dumped or engaged. Personally I feel the least intimidating outcome for us is option 1″.
Thea’s mystery man also revealed himself, tweeting: “So, she’s been at mine for pretty much all of the last ten days, we’re absolutely crazy about each other, it’s been amazing”.
Week two of the update was also positive: “Week 2 of #isolationandchill begins! Incredibly, we haven’t come to blows (yet), we’re not sick of each other (yet), we’re actually… having a lovely time and sickeningly into each other? I know this is VERY off brand for me.”
And despite planning to celebrate their one week anniversary with a game of scrabble, they decided indulging on “a unicorn Easter egg” was a much idea.
“Wonder what delights our fortnight-aversary will bring? Pot noodles and re-runs of classic Eastenders I reckon.”
A number of people asked for daily updates after finding the ordeal highly amusing.
One person said: “Write everything down! This is a screenplay in the making”.
Another then agreed: “I don’t know whether to oh no or oh yes this. We’re gonna need updates.
And a third added: “The rom-com content we all need right now, I’m invested already”.
Thea said the isolation wasn’t planned, but thought “reducing the risk of infection by minimising travel between our houses was sensible!”