Whilst many individuals, companies and manufacturers initially stocked up on disinfectants and sanitisers at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, did they foresee just how long these stocks would last?
There are already many countries stopping exports of raw materials and ingredients needed to manufacture these vital products, of particular importance for our workforce at the front of the Coronavirus – health workers, contract cleaners, supermarket employees, police, army, food manufacturers and so many others who need constant protection.
Recently commercialized, Biodx, a proudly South African company, has spent the last 15 years relentlessly researching and developing antimicrobial and antiviral technologies.
Burt Rodrigues, CEO of Biodx says “We realised 15 years ago that conventional chemicals were falling short of controlling modern pathogenic outbreaks, for example – listeriosis, and decided to embark on a search for natural, sustainable raw materials that are new to the many pathogens encountered today”.
An active ingredient in Biodx disinfectant formulations has demonstrated “virucidal activity against enveloped viruses” and has been produced to meet strict European and South African regulatory compliance.
Most importantly Biodx has substantial stock, fully produced in South Africa, to carry on manufacturing however long this pandemic lasts – keeping South Africa disinfected and safe.
Coronavirus in South Africa
South African Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize has said on Twitter that the rate of increase of COVID-19 infections after the nationwide lockdown first began is not as high as first anticipated.
Noticed a trend in past week. Rate of increase is not as high as anticipated. We are observing the trend. We anticipated 4000-5000 but we haven’t reached that
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) March 31, 2020
In the same thread, the minister attributed some of this to the closing of the ports, saying that up until the lockdown, 70% of positive cases were passengers coming into the country.
South Africans are legally obligated to observe the lockdown procedures and quarantine except under special circumstances – being necessary personnel or needing to buy essential groceries.
It is now understood that South Africans that have recently had their flu vaccinations will help the currently strained medical system as they will not need to go to the hospital for the flu since they cannot contract it any more.
Edited by Luis Monzon
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