Global Condom Shortage Looms Thanks to Coronavirus Lockdowns

March 30, 2020

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The rubber has hit the road--literally--amid the global coronavirus pandemic. The Guardian reports that a worldwide condom shrinkage--sorry, shortage--is on the horizon after jimmy-hat factories in Malaysia were forced to shut down to stop the spread of COVID-19. Malaysia-based Karex Bhd, the world's largest condom maker, says they've already got a shortfall of 100 million condoms after halting production. The good news is, the company was granted permission to restart production this past Friday, albeit with only 50 percent of its workforce. “It will take time to jumpstart factories and we will struggle to keep up with demand at half capacity,” says CEO Goh Miah Kiat. “We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary." So much for wearing a raincoat during April showers!