Everyone knows about the recent health crisis, COVID-19, that has befallen over the whole world. The virus has taken the world by surprise and after its outbreak in Wuhan, China has now spread to 215 countries, areas, or territories. As per the World Health Organization, about 3,442,234 people have been infected by coronavirus and about 239,740 people have died due to the infection. This number is increasing every hour across the globe. As of yet, no vaccine is available for curing the diseases, which is why people worldwide are advised to take precautionary measures and practice social distancing in order to stay healthy.
While it is relatively easy for some people to stay at home so as not to contribute to the spreading of the virus, healthcare professionals and workers do not have that kind of choice. They have to be at the forefront and ensure that as many people as possible get treatment against the disease. However, the virus is spreading at a rapid pace and the unprecedented situation has left the healthcare systems of several countries unprepared for dealing with the outbreak. Hospitals and other medical setting lack the resources that are needed for properly dealing with such a situation and therefore, the risk of healthcare professionals getting infected is high.
Attributed to these reasons, a number of countries are increasingly making use of sanitization robots, which are programmable systems that are able to carry out several tasks, such as spraying disinfectants in residential and commercial areas and other public spaces. These robots are also equipped to have hand sanitizer-dispensing function for controlling the spread of viruses and aid healthcare workers. Several countries and their government authorities are introducing smart and advanced solutions for fighting against COVID-19 outbreak. Because of all these reasons, the sanitization robots market
is predicted to advance at a rapid pace in the coming years.
Sanitization robots can be fully autonomous or semi-autonomous, between which, the demand for fully autonomous robots is expected to increase significantly in the coming months. This is primarily because of the operational convenience and need for reducing the requirement of operators. In terms of functionality, there are two types of sanitization robots, namely multifunctional and monofunctional. The demand for multifunctional sanitization robots is predicted to be higher in the near future, which is ascribed to the need for performing several functions simultaneously, such as storing the readings, dispensing hand sanitizers, and measuring temperature.
North America created the largest demand for sanitization robots in the past, which is owing to the strict patient safety regulations and highly developed healthcare infrastructure in the region. Other than this, the Asia-Pacific region is projected to emerge as the fastest growing sanitization robots market in the years to come. This is attributed to the rising demand for advanced healthcare services, improving healthcare infrastructure, and surging focus on controlling healthcare-associated infections in the region.
Hence, the demand for sanitization robots is rising on account of the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.