While the new strain of coronavirus is causing disruptions to the travel industry and broader economy, heightened concerns about germs are contributing to a surge in sales for some startups in the disinfecting space.
Zoom Communications, which makes video conferencing software, gained more users so far this year than it did in all of 2019, according to Bernstein Research. Sales of Bath and Body Works’ popular hand sanitizers are also being lifted from fears of coronavirus.
And as it turns out, startups that disinfect items with UV light are also seeing a boost in sales since the outbreak–and are hustling to keep up with demand as a result.
PhoneSoap, a company that makes devices to clean phones and other items with UV light, has seen 1,000 percent growth year over year in the past week, according to PhoneSoap co-founder and president Dan Barnes. The company, which is based in Lehi, Utah, and appeared on the show Shark Tank, isn’t into backorders yet, but it will be shortly, Barnes said.
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