People have added condoms and other kinds of contraception to their list of essential items to stock up on.
Condom retailers and pharmacies report that people’s idea of protective gear isn’t only face masks. They’re also going big on buying condoms, causing sales to go up by 25 to 50 percent. “People now have a lot of time, and they are bored at home,” Harshal Shah, a medical store owner in South Mumbai told Hindustan Times, adding that while people would usually pick up packs of three, they are now buying packets with 10 to 20 condoms.
“There has been an increase in the sale of condoms and other birth control products,” said an employee from an Apollo pharmacy in Delhi, adding that the demand has been so high, it’s superseding the supply. Pharmacists across the country seem to echo similar sentiments, with many even pointing out that unlike before, women are not shy about asking for contraceptive products, including emergency contraceptive pills whose sales are reportedly much lower otherwise.
“People are anxious and living at home,” Rajiv Mehta, a psychiatric consultant at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) told _Economic Time_s.”Couples, married or otherwise, who were too busy with their professional lives are now getting proximity and time. So intimacy will increase as it has increased during wars. This is a war-like situation.”
In other news, after offering free subscriptions in Italy, Spain, and France, adult entertainment site Pornhub is making its subscription free for everyone across the world — with a view to help to flatten the curve amid lockdowns around the world. The company said it’s extending the free Pornhub premium support, which unlocks select content to everyone across the world until April 23.
In a statement, Corey Price, Vice President of Pornhub, said the company wanted to provide a way for people to pass the time under lockdown.
With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time. We hope by expanding our offer of free Pornhub Premium worldwide, people have an extra incentive to stay home and flatten the curve.
The adult entertainment firm is also donating 85 percent of its video sales to performers who had to stop working due to the COVID-19 pandemic.