Why are there so many stock photos of people kissing while wearing face masks?

So, you’re facing a global pandemic and deep in the midst of the Democratic presidential primaries. The concert you bought tickets for months ago got canceled, you’re worried about your parents, trying to ration your toilet paper supply, running short on almond milk, and, it seems, there is no hope. 

Or maybe you’re feeling frisky in this new, socially-distant world? Fret not, you are not alone! Stock photographers are in the same (alas, distant) boat with you. Virus or not, we are all human and we’re thirsty AF. We yearn for touch, a gentle stroke on the back, a soft caress, someone’s lips … protected by a medical mask?

Jokes aside, with the U.S. now leading the world in coronavirus cases and an ever-increasing death toll, life has gotten very dark. So much so that New York City’s government issued it’s sexiest guide to dating, stating (in bold) that you are your safest sex partner.

No, you shouldn’t ignore social distancing guidelines just because you’re wearing a mask and gloves but, yes, it’s safe to look. 

We have no idea why there are so many of this very weird genre of stock photo in the world and it’s also unclear if these images were added to stock photo collections before or after the pandemic took over all our lives. But, given the seriousness of the virus outbreak, and the stress, loneliness, joblessness, shortage of medical equipment, and general catastrophe it has brought along with it, we all need a laugh.

Not to mention a little romance. And if you need more than just awkward photos of love in the time of coronavirus, we got you and you and all of you.

Hawt.

Hawt.

Image: Shutterstock / Irene Kripak

Kiss me, while the kids are in a different room.

Kiss me, while the kids are in a different room.

Image: Shutterstock / lanych

Medical blue looks good on you.

Medical blue looks good on you.

Image: Shutterstock / Prostock-studio

Are we doctors or just playing them on TV?

Are we doctors or just playing them on TV?

Image: Shutterstock / Stokkete

I gotchu, babe.

I gotchu, babe.

Image: Shutterstock / Total art

I love you the same, even though you have a fancier mask.

I love you the same, even though you have a fancier mask.

Image: Shutterstock / Carlos Vilaclara

Honey, I need to tell you something. I forgot to wash my hands today.

Honey, I need to tell you something. I forgot to wash my hands today.

Image: Shutterstock / EugeneEdge

Getting artsy here.

Getting artsy here.

Image: Shutterstock / Geobor

Let me add a little bit of sugar to your mask ... uhm, tea.

Let me add a little bit of sugar to your mask … uhm, tea.

Image: Shutterstock / Antipina Daria

Kiss me with your eyes.

Kiss me with your eyes.

Protected all the way.

Protected all the way.

Image: Shutterstock / Luca Santilli

New vacation styles on sale now.

New vacation styles on sale now.

Image: Shutterstock / Butsaya

Your breath was never so fresh.

Your breath was never so fresh.

Image: Shutterstock / Mihail Fedorenko

Turn off the news and kiss me.

Turn off the news and kiss me.

Image: Shutterstock / max blain

Kiss me now.

Kiss me now.

And don't stop.

And don’t stop.

Please do NOT do this, if you are sick. It’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Move 6 feet away from me! Now!

Move 6 feet away from me! Now!

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto

But DO care for, love, and support others. Stay safe and be smart. Remember to wash your hands.  We heart you!

We mean it!

We mean it!

Image: Shutterstock / Antipina Daria

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