Maybe Something Good Comes Out Of The Recent Ebola Epidemic

As Jon Stewart recently noted, the Ebola epidemic must be over because no more Americans have caught it.  (Yes, that’s a joke.)  However, there are still thousands of cases to be treated in Africa, and viable vaccines are just now entering clinical trials.

One other area of disease treatment has seen some progress.  A team out of Johns Hopkins has developed a new protective suit, and was recently awarded a grant to further improve it.  The hood provides more visibility, and the suit should be easier to get into and out of.  Here’s a demonstration video.

I would expect that this suit should be usable for other highly contagious disease situations.  I’m looking forward to seeing this widely deployed and eventually used in future science fiction and/or outbreak movies.


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