A Chinese company has designed a ridiculous looking bat-like suit that is guaranteed to protect you against the coronavirus. For now it is only in concept stage, but they are looking for someone to bring it to market.
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The coronavirus is increasingly spreading beyond China. With Italy as the new hot-spot, known cases have climbed to over 93,000 with some 3,200 deaths registered so far. As panic spreads, we are entering unchartered territory as far as the number of infections we could see.
Despite their popularity, it has been said that face masks don’t really do much to protect us. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the advice for the public is to wash hands frequently, maintain social distancing, avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth, practice good respiratory hygiene, and seek medical help early. For detailed info check out the WHO website.
An alternative to all of this is a Bat-like suit for the urban commuter that protects them from the deadly bug. It comes from Beijing-based architecture-design studio Penda.
The high-tech garment is called Be A Batman and protects users by isolating them from their surroundings with a PVC shield which creates a physical barrier. For added protection, the air inside is sterilized using ultra-violet technology, the company says.
“As an architect ,I have designed a wearable space device that can effectively isolate us outdoors to ensure safety.
“The ultraviolet radiation network on the surface of the device can heat up to sterilize the surrounding environment, turning contact a way to kill, rather than spread, the virus,” Dayong Sun, founder of Penda wrote on Instagram.
The concept is inspired by the natural world around us. The suit is structured like the wings of a sleeping bat, and can be folded away when not in use. The inventors believe it could be deployed on a mass scale in case of a pandemic.
We certainly hope it doesn’t come to this and suggest that for now you abide by WHO recommendations. But if you know of a company that would be interested in the concept, Penda is offering the design for free to those who will make it a reality.
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