To start with the cons of networking during the pandemic (outside of the obvious health crisis), you lose the connection that happens in person. I loved meeting people at coffee shops and offline events.
But the pros might actually outweigh the cons. I had to switch jobs during the pandemic, and initially, I thought that due to the economic shake-up and the hiring freezes, this would be difficult. Instead, I ended up having 4-5 remote interviews a week, and the best part is that they were for companies based all over the world. I had interviews in London, New York, Los Angeles and even Malaysia.
Remote work made it easier to network and start conversations across the globe.