Matches will have to act fast because Tinder is only giving away 1,000 free tests on March 20 at 7 pm ET, which is the first day of spring.
The Covid-19 test promotion is meant to help people feel safe enough to go out. Tinder said that 40% of matches between people under age 30 haven’t met in person.
The company also noticed that the phrase “go on a date” hit record highs on users’ biographies last month. “It seems with spring around the corner people are more ready than ever to invite their crush to meet up,” Tinder said in a press release.
Of course, the test comes with caveats. CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen said the Everlywell is largely accurate if used right, but it doesn’t mean people should go wild.
“My concern is that people should use the test in the right way and they don’t see a negative test as a free pass,” Wen told CNN Business.
Wen, an emergency room physician in Baltimore and visiting professor of public health at George Washington University, recommends that people quarantine for a week before taking the test and remain isolated while waiting for the result, which takes between 24 and 48 hours because it has to be mailed.
“In that period of time, if you’re engaging in high-risk activities that could also lead you to get infected while waiting,” she said.
Still, Wen said that safest dating for now is meeting up with vaccinated people. “If two people are fully vaccinated, live alone and it’s been two weeks since the second shot, then they can see each other safely,” she said.