Durex Facing Hard Times As Condom Sales Decline Due to COVID
Is it any surprise at all that the sale of condoms has decreased since the world was told to stay home and stop touching each other? It shouldn’t be, but Durex has just officially confirmed it.
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Laxman Narasimhan, chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser — the British parent company of Durex — revealed that the brand’s condom sales aren’t doing too hot these days (not unlike most of the things we used to cherish and take for granted on a regular basis). This is, of course, due to the fact that strict social — or more accurately, physical — distancing directives in the past couple of months have significantly reduced the amount of sex folks are having.
Casual hookups are obviously down because you can no longer just roll into a bar for a drink and find someone to roll around in bed with. Tinder and other dating apps have been rendered useless, too, since meeting up with anyone outside of one’s household is against the very nature of lockdown orders. But, what may not be abundantly apparent is that the coronavirus crisis has also put quite a damper on the sex lives of established couples who are living together. After all, it is kind of difficult to get it up when you’re anxious about a global pandemic and the flood of ramifications that come along with it.
The fear of impending doom and gloom aside, Reckitt Benckiser does expect the demand for contraceptives to bounce back when the lockdown ends so they’re making it clear that their condom factories will continue to crank out production as usual.
Regardless of demand, however, there has been some concern about a worldwide condom shortage coming down the pipeline specifically due to Malaysia’s coronavirus lockdown. The country is one of the top rubber producers on the planet — and thus a major source for global condom production — but it has been difficult for their factories to operate amidst the pandemic. The brand Karex, in particular, is credited with producing 20 percent of the world’s condoms, but has had to shut down three of their factories and take a massive hit to their production line. In just one month’s time, they made 200 million fewer condoms than usual.
“The world will definitely see a condom shortage,” Karex chief executive Goh Miah Kiat told AFP in April. “It’s challenging, but we are trying our best right now to do whatever we can. It is definitely a major concern — a condom is an essential medical device.”
Unfortunately, a condom shortage would not only put a damper on your own fun and safety once the world begins to get back to normal, but it could also lead to potentially devastating societal and health issues around the world, including surges in STDs and unintended pregnancies.
Just go ahead and add that to the ever-growing list of post-COVID concerns.
That said, feel free to support your favorite condom company in the time of corona and dream about the days when you’ll get to use them again. Just don’t hoard them like toilet paper, okay? You’re horny, but you’re not ruin-worldwide-sexual-health horny.
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