After the World Health Organisation chose Covid-19 as the official name for the coronavirus which has infected thousands, Milton Keynes resident Colin Davidson-Davids was left wishing that he hadn’t already chosen it as his username when setting up a profile on a dating website.
“Covid has been my nickname for ages,” explained Mr Davidson-Davids, “and 19 is my lucky number – but thanks to the WHO I think it may have become a bit of an obstacle to romance.
“Oh God, my dating profile even shows pictures of my trip to China. And the things I wrote: ‘Catch me if you can’, ‘I’ll take your breath away’. Well, now they seem creepy in a completely different way from before.
“To be honest being kicked off the site by the moderators is probably the best outcome now, that would be preferable to getting kicked physically by the women on the site who recognise me in real life.
“I may have to move out of Milton Keynes because of this – well, it’s a good enough excuse to do it, anyway.
“This isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened to me. After a few happy years living in Oxford by the river I got this tattoo of a heart saying ‘ISIS’. A few months later that took on a new meaning and before I knew it I was explaining my tattoo to Special Branch.
“In the end I got the tattoo changed from ‘ISIS’ to ‘FISTS’, because of my passion for boxing. But I’ll admit it does look odd now between my other tattoos saying ‘Mum’ and ‘Metallica’.”