The Global Infection Control Market was valued at USD 42.5 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 62.2 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 5.7%, during the forecast period-2021-2027.
Germs are a part of day-to-day life, which are found in environment. Some germs are also found on human body; However, some germs are harmless and some are harmful. The germs which are found on human body, helps to keep body healthy and prevent from other harmful germs. The growth of unwanted germs on body leads to infection. Infection occurs when germs or foreign particle enters into body, invade on body part and replicates, and this cause reaction in body. Infection can be mild or life threating. These infective germs can be viruses, bacteria, fungus, or yeast. Infection can cause mild to serious fever, skin allergies, rashes or depending on which body part it occurs. It can be spread from direct or indirect contact with any living (patients, infected person, micro-organisms, healthcare staff, etc) or non-living things (surgical equipment's, contaminated surface area, air, etc). For instance, the novel coronavirus spreads from person to person via air, close contact, or water droplets. Hence, proper preventive measures are needed to stop its proliferation. In order to prevent this infection various procedures and services are used like sterilization of surgical tools, gloves, disinfecting surfaces, surgical machineries etc.
Infection control products like disinfectants, sanitation procedures, germicides which are mostly used in research centres, hospitals, commercial places, public places to prevent spread of infection. Biosafety products which are used on living surface like body can be used in order to prevent attack of foreign particle.
Awareness regarding proper management of infection, rise in demand for sterilization procedures in hospitals, clinics and homes, demand for outsourcing of sterilization services among pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, clinics, growing demand for use and throw or single use products leads to growth of infection control market. Recently, the rising cases of Covid-19 are expected to drive the growth of infection control industry. Conversely, the adverse effects associated with chemical disinfectants and safety are of greater concern which is expected to hinder the growth of infection control market. This gives direction for use of herbal, organic or natural disinfectants. Demand for single use medical accessories and devices are expected to further creates an opportunity during the forecast period.
World Health Organization has defined Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) as an approach or measure that is taken in order to prevent the infection of patients and health care staff. This plays important role in infectious diseases management and global health. IPC approach includes epidemic infection control like Ebola virus diseases in year 2013 and pandemic outbreak like coronavirus in 2019, which are of international concern.
In order to spread awareness and knowledge regarding infection control, government stringent regulations, and campaigns are conducted on national and international level. Like campaign initiated by WHO named “World Hand hygienic day” with an aim to make people aware and understand the need of proper sanitization. Another campaign launched by Infection control Africa Network, “Seconds save your life, Clean your Hands!’. These campaigns became more rigours after the novel coronavirus outbreak. These made people alert about self-hygienic and sanitation.