Virus-induced condom shortage imminent as world’s largest producer shuts down – baby boom expected

A global shortage of condoms seems to become the next problem triggered by the coronavirus pandemic as the world’s biggest producer, Malaysian company Karex, is forced to shut down its factories to protect its workers from the virus.

This could not only have dire consequences for Karex, but could also lead to a worldwide “coronavirus baby boom,” some experts say, hinting at the assumption that not everyone is practicing social distancing.

Karex makes one in every five condoms globally. It has not produced a single condom from its three Malaysian factories in the past ten days due to a lockdown imposed by the government.

That’s already a shortfall of 100 million condoms, normally marketed internationally by brands such as Durex, supplied to state healthcare systems such as Britain’s NHS or distributed by aid programmes such as the UN Population Fund.

The shortage is aggravated by people havin began hoarding condom boxes as they use them to protect their fingers from the coronavirus when touching things.

“We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary,” Karex Chief Executive Goh Miah Kiat told Reuters.

“My concern is that for a lot of humanitarian programmes deep down in Africa, the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months,” he added.

Attempt to seek exemption for “essential good”

Kiat said that Karex will apply to the government for an exemption to operate under specific conditions since Malaysia is approving other essential goods producers to operate with half of their workforce.

The other major condom-producing countries are China, where the coronavirus originated and also led to widespread factory shutdowns, as well as India and Thailand, which are seeing infections spiking only now and are under partial lockdown as well.

As for the expected baby boom, jump in birth rates has often followed cataclysmic events and natural disasters that forced people to stay indoors for longer periods. Some experts expect the coronavirus to do the same, making a baby boom likely in coming December. It, however, will inevitably also result in a spike in sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, medics say.



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A global shortage of condoms seems to become the next problem triggered by the coronavirus pandemic as the world’s biggest producer, Malaysian company Karex, is forced to shut down its factories to protect its workers from the virus. This could not only have dire consequences for Karex, but could also lead to a worldwide “coronavirus baby boom,” some experts say, hinting at the assumption that not everyone is practicing social distancing. Karex makes one in every five condoms globally. It has not produced a single condom from its three Malaysian factories in the past ten days due to a lockdown...

A global shortage of condoms seems to become the next problem triggered by the coronavirus pandemic as the world’s biggest producer, Malaysian company Karex, is forced to shut down its factories to protect its workers from the virus.

This could not only have dire consequences for Karex, but could also lead to a worldwide “coronavirus baby boom,” some experts say, hinting at the assumption that not everyone is practicing social distancing.

Karex makes one in every five condoms globally. It has not produced a single condom from its three Malaysian factories in the past ten days due to a lockdown imposed by the government.

That’s already a shortfall of 100 million condoms, normally marketed internationally by brands such as Durex, supplied to state healthcare systems such as Britain’s NHS or distributed by aid programmes such as the UN Population Fund.

The shortage is aggravated by people havin began hoarding condom boxes as they use them to protect their fingers from the coronavirus when touching things.

“We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary,” Karex Chief Executive Goh Miah Kiat told Reuters.

“My concern is that for a lot of humanitarian programmes deep down in Africa, the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months,” he added.

Attempt to seek exemption for “essential good”

Kiat said that Karex will apply to the government for an exemption to operate under specific conditions since Malaysia is approving other essential goods producers to operate with half of their workforce.

The other major condom-producing countries are China, where the coronavirus originated and also led to widespread factory shutdowns, as well as India and Thailand, which are seeing infections spiking only now and are under partial lockdown as well.

As for the expected baby boom, jump in birth rates has often followed cataclysmic events and natural disasters that forced people to stay indoors for longer periods. Some experts expect the coronavirus to do the same, making a baby boom likely in coming December. It, however, will inevitably also result in a spike in sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, medics say.



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