‘Batsuit’ promises to ward off Coronavirus, Chinese architect reveals

2020-03-03 16:12
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More than 90 000 people across the globe have contracted coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its global risk assessment of the virus from high to very high.

As the death toll surpasses 3000, fears of contracting the coronavirus are escalating with many looking at ways to ensure they don’t become infected.

Some are pouring anti-bacterial hand soap on their bodies every time they touch something, many are choosing to wear face masks, and others are taking it even further.

But one Chinese architecture firm is upping the ante by designing a bodysuit that they say can kill the virus.

Designed by Dayong Sun of Penda China, the Be a Batman wearable consists of a fibre frame shaped like batwings that are worn like a backpack.

A thermoplastic material stretches between the supports and encases the user in a personal bubble to protect them from contracting the coronavirus.

The contraption is fitted with UV lights that heat up to temperatures high enough to kill any pathogens in the air, resulting in an enclosed sterilized environment.

The company said the wearer can fold up and remove the suit when they need to be in contact with the outside world.

The company unveiled its proposal on Instagram, saying it took inspiration from the bat – ironically, the same animal experts say could be responsible for the spread of the virus.

But although the design mimics the culprit that caused the coronavirus outbreak, research shows that bats are mildly immune to the illness.

“Bats belong to mammal species the same as human beings, with diverse varieties and long life that make for the ideal host of coronavirus,” Dayong tells architecture and design magazine Dezeen.

“Their body temperature can rise up to 40°C when flying due to accelerated metabolism and fall back to normal when taking a rest. Such change of body temperature enables them to carry the virus while curbing its spread in the body.”

Dayong is currently looking for an investor to take this concept into the real world and he also shared that he’ll offer his services free of charge to make it happen.

However, the feasibility of the device still needs to be determined, as the WHO has previously warned that UV lamps should not be used on areas of skin as this type of radiation can cause skin irritation.

Sources: Worldometers, NY Times, Instagram, Nature, Dezeen, WHO

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