Does coronavirus-created condom shortage make a baby boom in 2021 more likely?

When Boris Johnson ordered us all to stay in our homes unless it was absolutely necessary to go out, This Writer thought there would be a large increase in births, starting in about nine months.

I mean, what else is there to do? You could watch all the movies you’ve got, do all the housework, play video games, even educate yourself if you like – but there’s likely to be a lot of time in which to stagger those things.

So those of us for whom the two-metre distance restriction is likely to be pointless – couples – are likely to find another way to pass the time.

In such a circumstance – now the condoms are running out – what do you think is going to happen?

The world faces a shortage of condoms, the world’s largest producer has warned after being shut for more than a week due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Malaysia’s Karex Bhd, which produces one-fifth of condoms globally, had to close its three factories because of the lockdown enforced by the Malaysian government.

Over this period, the company would usually make 100 million condoms.

The factories reopened on Friday after being exempted from the restrictions, but are only operating at half capacity.

Goh Miah Kiat, chief executive of Karex Bhd, told Reuters: “It will take time to jumpstart factories and we will struggle to keep up with demand at half capacity.”

At least, with us all stuck at home with our nearest and dearest, there won’t be any increase in sexually-transmitted diseases.


Source: Coronavirus: Looming condom shortage crisis as factories forced to close | The Independent

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  1. Tony Dean March 29, 2020 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I would suggest that journalists check on the condom production capacity in the UK before spreading panic stories .
    A World shortage does not extrapolate to a UK shortage.

  2. Stu March 29, 2020 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    The media are revelling in this and are trying every angle they can except reporting the truth.
    How many people in the UK never noticed the clocks changing today because it wasn’t in the media?

    The story of the little boy who cried wolf will come back to haunt them……

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