Researchers at Johns Hopkins University developed a new type of outfit for health workers struggling against Ebola. The new outfit will not only be more comfortable, but also less likely to accidentally infect users.
The suit just got the funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and its mass production could take place within months.
“I do not mean that this is a profound revolution in PPE (personal protective equipment),” told to AFP Professor Youseph Yazdi, Director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.
Among the improvements is the zipper of the suit, which constituted a danger for being the area where it is more likely that the fluids splashing enter and near the nose and mouth. The new suit opens in the back.
The new suit also includes a device of mounted dry air on the waist which improves ventilation and comfort.
Another variation is the size of the viewfinder. In the new suit is quite broad, allowing the patients to see the face of the people who assist them.