Tinder sending pop-ups to protect users from coronavirus

Even in the midst of a potential global pandemic, romance must live on. That's why Tinder wants you to get out and date - but to practise safe coronavirus prevention protocol. 

Obviously the dating app is not encouraging users to self-isolate and avoid strangers, instead promoting stringent hygiene practices before dating. 

"Your wellbeing is our number one priority," a pop-up banner on the app reads. 

"Tinder is a great place to meet new people. While we want you to continue to have fun, protecting yourself from the coronavirus is more important."

The pop-up appearing on the dating app across the world.
The pop-up appearing on the dating app across the world. Photo credit: Supplied.

The pop-up then offers advice on staying protected from the virus, including washing hands frequently, carrying hand sanitizer, and interestingly for a dating app: "maintain social distance in public gatherings". 

It also includes a link to the World Health Organisation's official information page.

Many Twitter users have seen the lighter side, sharing screenshots of the pop-up. 

"Tinder out here protecting me from coronavirus more than they're protecting me from bad pick-up lines and weirdos," one person wrote. 

"Just got an ad on Tinder teaching me ways to protect myself from the coronavirus! Tinder is my doctor now!" wrote another. 

But others thought it was in bad taste. 

"Why is this a thing? Tinder already makes me feel depressed I don't need to feel anxious about this too?" wrote one person. "Sounds insensitive af but I'm a bit over hearing about coronavirus every second of the day. Life goes on!"

The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 3000 people in 50 countries so far.