Leah Howd is worried that her 5-month-old son, Johan, won’t remember his father when they are finally reunited.
“He is too small to understand the person on the computer monitor is his dad,” she said.
Howd, 39, of Peoria, Illinois, hasn’t seen her partner, Bas Bruurs, 41, of the Netherlands for three months — they are among thousands of couples now kept apart in different corners of the world by COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The U.S. has banned most foreign travelers from Europe since March, while the European Union barred Americans from visiting its 27 member states July 1.
NBC News’ Social Newsgathering team spoke to Americans desperate to be reunited with their partners who are using social media hashtags such as #LoveIsEssential and #LoveIsNotTourism to spotlight their stories.
Howd and Bruurs, who met playing the online video game Guild Wars 2 in 2015, have been dating since 2017, and they