Market Looking to Researchers and Manufacturers to Provide COVID-19 Coronavirus Prevention Tools

March 19, 2020 -

As the global pandemic caused by the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on economies and healthcare infrastructure around the world, there are several calls for all hands on deck to contribute to the prevention of the spread. According to a recent study collaborated between researchers in China, Hong Kong, London and the US, it’s the milder cases of the disease that may be the driving force behind its rapid spread.

Civilians looking to contribute to the disease’s spread prevention can go beyond social distancing, by preparing surfaces and their immune systems by using products made and sold by companies such as Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL), The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX), Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) and innovative plant-based product developers The Yield Growth Corp. (CSE:BOSS) (OTC:BOSQF).

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time, and suggests several EPA-registered cleaning products for cleaning surfaces.

There is also significant research for plant-based, potentially healthier options underway. Health and beauty consumer packaged goods company The Yield Growth Corp. (CSE:BOSS) (OTC:BOSQF) recently announced it will be commencing research and development into plant-based medicine to fight against and prevent infectious disease.

“Our hearts and minds go out to everyone suffering from the recent viral outbreak of COVID-19 and we applaud those working on the front lines to treat and contain the virus,” says Penny White, CEO of The Yield Growth Corp. “While we continue to market, develop and launch products through our existing brands, we are leveraging our experienced team to conduct research and develop products that can help fight against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.”

The research is set to include a study of certain plant-based compounds for antimicrobial activity against pathogens for potential antiviral treatments. If the results are promising, Yield Growth will pursue development of certain compounds into products for antiviral treatments.

Days prior to the new research, Yield Growth announced that its subsidiary Urban Juve would launch a line of hand care products, including hand sanitizers.

While most people may think of heavy-duty synthetic chemicals and alcohols in hand sanitizers and antimicrobial protection, the antimicrobial properties of plant essential oils against human pathogens have been studied and peer-reviewed.


Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has put the frequent washing of hands at the top of their advice for the prevention of the spread. And even for the youth, memes of celebrities dressed as hand sanitizers is helping to spread the reminder of the importance of clean hands.

According to Grand View research, the global hand care market size was valued at USD $12.4 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2019 to 2025. This estimate was made before the coronavirus outbreak and the growth rate could be much higher as education about the importance of hand washing and moisturizing grows.

Data from Adobe Analytics showed that demand for hand sanitizers in the U.S. spiked by 1,400% between December 2019 and January 2020.

As well, to protect homes, the CDC is recommending serious cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces in households and other areas.

In order to obtain these needed supplies, many are looking to retail giants like Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT), including US President Donald Trump to take extra measures to help halt the spread, while staying open to service customers in need. Walmart has responded by offering drive-thru coronavirus testing sites at the ‘far edge’ of its store parking lots, while also regretfully having to reduce its store hours as well.

Household cleaners manufacturers, The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX) have had their products’ efficacy examined in the wake of the spread. As advertised, their wipes, disinfectants, and other cleaning products likely do kill the new coronavirus on surfaces, since it’s worked on similar pathogens. Even their bleach alone is being sold in such high quantities, that shortages are being witnessed all over.

Another EPA-approved company with products meant to protect is Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL), whose products and services help keep the food, hospitality, and healthcare industries hygienic and sanitized. The company also markets its patented ready-to-use product Virasept, which is a one-step detergent-disinfectant, virucide, bactericide, tuberculocide, fungicide, and sporicide. According to the company, Virasept effectively cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes, while not harming fixtures, and is formulated for daily use.

Not only did The Yield Growth Corp. (CSE:BOSS) (OTC:BOSQF) announce the launch of its own line of hand care products, including hand sanitizers and lotions, but it also has done significant work in developing products for boosting immune systems.

In late February, the company announced the completion of its product development for Ayurvedic mushroom coffees and Ayurvedic mushroom botanical shots for smoothies.

"These formulations provide powerful brain and immune-boosting benefits thanks to their powerful antioxidant and nutrient-rich formulas," said Penny White, CEO of The Yield Growth Corp. "Along with their powerful health profile, these products are made with fair-trade, organic ingredients."

Now with its latest announcement, the Yield Growth is now expanding its research and development program into potential plant based products to protect against infection.

“There are antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial essential oils that can help get rid of germs,” says Bhavna Soleki, Director of Product Research for Yield Growth. “Essential oils or other plant based ingredients may be a potential alternative to synthetic compounds because of the resistance that has been increasingly developed by pathogenic microorganisms.”

The World Health Organization states, “Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.”

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