No one could have predicted India’s current pandemic situation. The country, with a population of over 1.3 billion, has reached 22.3 million cases as of May 2021, with a daily number of reported cases now at the 400,000+ mark and fatalities at over 4000. Back in March, however, antibody data had suggested to the Indian government that the large number of people infected may just lead the country to herd immunity. This presumption proved to be lethal, however, as cases in April and May started to spike, making India the second-most infected country in the world, the first being United States.
Double mutant variant
Among other factors such as a rise in unrestricted social interactions and low vaccine coverage, the B1617, also called the “double mutant” variant tagged by the WHO as the fourth “variant of concern”, is driving the surge in cases. “There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19. Earlier reports suggested that this variant’s spike protein may help it evade vaccines. However, in a message from WHO’s Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, she stated that “There is no enough data to show that double mutant is vaccine-resistant. All the available vaccines today in India and elsewhere prevent severe disease and death even if you get up the infection. You are not going to end up in the ICU critically ill. The message is take the vaccine whichever is available and you eligible for it. If your turn is there, please take it.”
A news article by The New Indian Express reports that leading FMCG companies in the country are seeing a spike in demand for hygiene products such as sanitizers and alcohol. While local manufacturers in India such as ITC, Himalaya Drug Company and Patanjali are ramping up local production to cater to the unexpected upswing in infections, it can be expected that the country will also need to rely on imports of sanitizers, sanitizer dispensers and related products.
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Alcohol and alcohol-based sanitizers have always been the primary weapon against any contagion. The beginning of the pandemic saw a huge uptick in the demand for alcohol, sanitizer gels and the motion-activated devices used to dispense them. One of the most common ways the COVID-19 virus spreads is by close contact, so it’s important to source motion sensor-equipped dispensers.
Wall-mount sanitizer dispensers
Ideal for schools, offices or other workplace settings, noncontact sanitizer dispensers mounted to a wall provide a quick and easy way for people to sanitize their hands after touching things that may be contaminated. Conveniently, most models manufactured by trusted suppliers in Global Sources may also be used to dispense liquid hand soaps in bathrooms. Be sure to read the manual, of course, as using a gel-type sanitizer on a mist dispenser, or the other way around may break it.
Meanwhile, other devices such as standing automatic sanitizer dispensers offer extra safety features such as a built-in thermometer that triggers an audio or a flash warning when fever is detected or has a multi-language voice prompt that reads the temperature out loud. These are often sourced to be used unmanned in public entryways.
Buyers looking to source sanitizers in bulk used to refill these automatic dispensers will find that there’s quite a selection to choose from in online marketplaces. WHO notes, however, to only use liquid or gel sanitizers with at least 60 percent of alcohol content as these are proven effective in killing the virus. If the product says “alcohol-free” on the label, it should be avoided.
Needless to say, hand sanitizer in small bottles that consumers have typically carried around this pandemic are also a staple item.
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