NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A New Jersey college student has developed a website to help people stuck in isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The concept was born out of a desire to help people deal with boredom and loneliness during the COVID-19 outbreak.
When school closed, Jordyn Goldzwieg and friends started “Quarantine Buddy” to help people stay connected.
“People now are more disconnected and isolated than ever and people are really looking for ways to make that human connection,” Goldzwieg said.
The website uses an algorithm to create matches.
"We ask them if they're looking for, for example, a workout buddy or a study buddy or someone to talk to and things like that,” the college junior explained.
In just over three weeks, they have six thousand users in 43 countries.
Goldzweig, from Marlboro, attends Cornell and says he’s enjoyed the learning experience from home.
“I don't know. It's been great to get hands-on experience and kind of learn and I guess help people as we go,” Goldzweig said.
The group says they see a common need for social connection and want to give people an easy place to meet like-minded people.