Since the outbreak of the virus at the beginning of January, the coronavirus COVID-19 has infected more than 100,000 people in at least 53 countries. With the general public being advised to wash hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser with them, hand sanitiser sales have seen a dramatic increase.
Many supermarkets and pharmacies have reported selling through their stocks with shelves of the product remaining empty or restrictions on sales being implemented as with Boots and their ‘2 per person’ policy. Prices online have seen a drastic increase with packs of 50ml pocket hand sanitiser selling for as much at £30 on Amazon and Ebay. With orders already exceeding 1 million units of sanitiser, Linco Care has seen a dramatic shift in gears as its workforce prepares to produce enormous amounts to meet public and private demand.
This isn’t the first instance of an outbreak affecting production. Linco Care’s contract manufacturing supplied hand gel for distribution during the swine flu epidemic in 2009. Almost 1 million litres of sanitiser were produced with staff working double shifts and weekends to accommodate for the influx in demand. This is set to happen again with coronavirus and is predicted to continue until at least May.
Mr. Farhad Seka, owner of Linco Care, said: “The coronavirus is a very serious virus which has already had devastating consequences around the world. At Linco Care, we have seen an understandably high increase in requests for our private label sanitiser because people are naturally more cautious and want to use it to help protect themselves.
We have designed our factory to be very versatile so that we can adapt it in order to meet the needs of our distributors, which in turn, we hope will help prevent further spread of the disease.”
Important Hand Sanitiser Information
It is important to consider how effective sanitisers are on viruses such as coronavirus. Viruses are less affected by sanitisers than bacteria is. However, coronavirus COVID-19 is an envelope virus, meaning it has a coating that sanitisers can successfully break down. Alcohol is the key ingredient that helps to eradicate the virus, with at least 60% alcohol content being essential for a sanitiser to be effective. Hand sanitiser should be used in conjunction with other good health practices such as frequently washing hands, catching and binning coughs and sneezes in a tissue and avoiding crowded events where possible.
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