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Viral Pandemic Causes Possible Condom Shortage

According to @businessinsider, it looks like there may be a shortage of condoms, due to the viral pandemic.

A company, located in Malaysia, Karen Bhd, is responsible for producing one out of every five condoms. But because of the shutdown the company hasn’t made a condom in 10 days.

On a normal day, the company makes 100 million condoms in a 10-day period. Then, they are sold and distributed to Durex.

“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. He said he foresees the shortage lasting for months.

Unfortunately, delivery for condoms  has also slowed down. Some are taking an extra 18-days to ship.

“As vigilance and concern grows around transmission of the coronavirus, we are seeing heightened vigilance by oversight bodies, including around import, freight, and clearance of all shipments, including of contraceptives,” Purdy said. “There is increased scrutiny and requests for paperwork on products arriving from other countries, resulting in delays in clearance approvals.”

This viral pandemic has caused quite a disruption around the world. Over 3 million Americans have filed for unemployment, all schools have been closed and classes are now streaming online.

Many states are also under a ‘Safer At Home’ Act, in which those who do not have an essential job are encouraged to stay home and refrain from gathering in large groups.

 As of today, the United States is now the leading country infected with COVID-19, totaling 100,000 confirmed cases and 1,545 people have died, according to CNN.


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