Isolation Will Expose Millions
I’m writing this on day 2 of the self isolation process. Coronavirus or Covid-19 as we all seem to be calling it now, will definitely leave it’s mark on the world. In my little corner of civilisation in Small town New Zealand, I’m squirreled away in my front room thinking about the more unusual aspects of our enforced lock-down.
The TV and radio have a constant barrage of news updates about infection stats, political scenarios and the views of medical experts. They proffer opinions about everything from likely business failures to hand washing. But, maybe due to my deviant mind, I’m thinking about this crisis from a sexual angle.
Whether we like to think about it or not, there are literally tens of millions of men and women around the world who are currently having affairs. Cheating on a partner requires a few elements. Firstly, and most obviously, you need to spend time with your extra lover. Whether it’s a regular sexual hook-up or a full blown second relationship, it relies upon time spent together and contact via phone or social media when you are apart to maintain it.
How suspicious will your lover be when you choose not to be isolated with them? If it was a seemingly serious relationship, then what could possibly excuse not being locked down with them? OK, I suppose a cheat may say he is staying at his parents’ house to look after them, but this surely won’t work?
Being in constant contact via phone and facebook would seem to be a minimum requirement for two lovebirds separated in this way. But, how will a man living in close proximity with his wife, 24 hours a day for weeks on end, be able to talk to his new lover? He surely can’t keep up regular contact without alerting his wife. And the new woman will be highly suspicious too.
A month in solitary is a long time. It gives a person time to think; time to analyse the minutia of their life. Anyone who has unwittingly been playing the third wheel in a triangle is going to work it out pretty quickly. The unanswered calls, the delays in responding to messages, there are only so many times you could have been in the shower or found your phone had died.
This may not be a nice prediction, but I will share it with you anyway. I predict that wherever we are in the world, the week following the lifting of Coronavirus isolation will see an unprecedented rise in the amount of divorces and break-ups. On the plus side, if this virus can be thanked for anything, then it’s for the expediting the end of millions of toxic or loveless relationships.
Wherever you are and whoever you’re with, I wish you well.