Johns Hopkins’s Ebola Suit Gets Tested in Liberia

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An example of a current Ebola suit, via BBC

In 2014, Johns Hopkins brought together 60 experts of various fields (including a wedding dress designer) to design a better protective suit for doctors and nurses who treat Ebola patients.

Eventually, the design was mass produced by DuPont — with Johns Hopkins experts weighing in to tweak and improve the suit. Now, health care workers in West Africa are actually wearing the suits when treating patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases.

Recently, a group of Hopkins students went to Liberia to see the suits in action. “It was an amazing trip—I was able to watch end users interact with a product I helped design and get their feedback on it,” recent Hopkins grad Laura Scavo told the Hopkins Hub. “Liberian health care workers who were on the front lines during the 2014 Ebola outbreak participated in the study, providing feedback on how our designs compare to what they wore in the field.”

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