A Better Business Suit For Epidemics

by Michael Keller

Here’s an idea for a better business suit, if your business is fighting ebola or other deadly infectious disease outbreaks.

The suit’s designers, a team from Johns Hopkins University, say they built it to better protect healthcare workers from coming in contact with disease-carrying body fluids. It will also allow providers to work longer without needing to remove the garment by keeping them cooler and more comfortable.

Major problems have surfaced in emergency responders’ personal protective equipment since the world started mobilizing against the spread of ebola, which has so far infected more than 18,600 people and killed 6,900. According to the World Health Organization, 649 healthcare workers were known to have become infected with the virus as of Dec. 14. Of those, 365 have died.

Learn more and see a graphic showing the suit’s improvements below.

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