New Ebola suit made by Johns Hopkins team offers more protection and comfort in hot, humid climates

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A team at John Hopkins University has developed a protective suit for Ebola workers that is more comfortable and offers more protection than existing “moon suits.”

The new anti-Ebola suit has a large integrated plastic shield that stretches around the face, providing a wide viewing area.

It uses a belt-worn battery pack, which can be recharged with a cellphone charger, that blows dry and filtered air into the hood.

The designers of the new suit put a person wearing the new Ebola suit and another person wearing the standard Ebola suit in a room with a temperatures of 98 degrees Fahrenheit and 85 percent humidity. The new suit allowed the wearer to breathe normally, while person in the old suit felt unwell within minutes.

A breakaway zipper allows the wearer to open the suit from the back. The wearer then needs to stick the wrist tabs on the floor or stand on it to get out of the entire suit by standing up straight. This ensures the wearer would not make any contact with the outer layer of the suit.

The new suit was one of three solutions for Ebola workers that will share a $1.7 million prize in a competition held by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The other two were an antiseptic gel that protects the skin and an antimicrobial anti-contamination spray.


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