The world is running short of condoms beating masks in their game.
If things remain as it is today or worsen due to coronavirus, then we might see condoms disappearing from store shelves soon. After masks , is the world running out of condoms?
Thanks to the COVID-19, couples are spending more time with each other and exploring intimacy like never before. With clubs closed, sporting events postponed and all office activities happening online, couples are turning to each other and getting frisky between the sheets like never before.
So don’t be surprised if you see a baby boom around Christmas. Before you jumpstart to think that this could be due to evolution and the need for humans to procreate at the time of crisis, think again. It is due to a looming shortage of condoms across the globe.
Yes, you heard it right. Coronavirus might have shut down several businesses and bought the global economy to a standstill, but the business is booming for the producers and sellers of condoms and sex toys.
A report in Ozy says that Ritex, a Germany-based condom manufacturing firm, has seen its sale in March 2020 doubled than compared with the same period a year ago, to 12.7 million. The report further adds that the same trend is happening in other countries. Ann Summers, the British lingerie chain, said sex toy sales in the last week of March were up 27 percent over 2019.
Sale and demand of condoms go up
It is natural for us to feel scared, anxious and uncertain during these difficult times. Hence, we turn to our partners for that reassuring kiss, a hug and lot of passion. Explaining why there has been a surge in demand for condoms, Robert Richter, Ritex’s managing director, tells Ozy —
In a crisis, when you’re isolated, you seek more emotional intimacy with your partner, and sex is part of that. And that might well lead to more condom use.
We also have to understand while people are seeking intimacy at the time of crisis, they may not want to procreate due to the uncertain future and hence an increase in demand for condoms. Also, like toilet paper, sanitizers and masks, people are stocking on condoms due to panic buying.
Even Dildo King, a Berlin-based manufacturer of sex toys, vouch for 87% of increase in sale since social distancing norms and restrictions on social gatherings were introduced. So for those who are in this line of manufacturing and selling condoms as well as sex toys, money is surely pouring in.
Is the world running out of condoms?
Unfortunately, while the demand of condoms has increased the supply has decreased due to coronavirus. According to media reports, world’s biggest condom manufacturer, Karex Bhd in Malaysia, had to shut shop for more than a week due to the widespread of virus in Malaysia. However, now the company has been given permission to restart production, but with only 50% of its workforce, under a special exemption for critical industries.
Expressing his concern over the shortage of condoms to Reuters, Chief Executive Goh Miah Kiat said —
It will take time to jumpstart factories and we will struggle to keep up with demand at half capacity. We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary.
Not only Malaysia, other manufacturing hubs of condoms like China, India and Thailand are also facing hiccups in their operations.
Chris Purdy, CEO of nonprofit DKT International, a large global provider of family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention, and safe abortion products and services, has started experiencing the impact of the deadly COVID-19 on availability of condoms and other contraceptives. Expressing his worry to Health, he says —
We expect delays in production and shipping schedules. Our program in Myanmar reports a shortage of implants. In Mozambique, we anticipate a condom shortage, as delivery times from our Malaysian manufacturer double from two to four months.
If things continue like this, then we might actually have trouble in getting our hands on a pack of condoms. Sounds scary? Well, be prepared!