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1. Design or redesign footwear that pumps air upward with each step. Think of those Z-Coil shoes with a spring instead of a heel. Or the Reebok Pump. 2. Use loose-fitting robes like the traditional Muslim throbe (made of a fabric impervious to fluid

1. Design or redesign footwear that pumps air upward with each step. Think of those Z-Coil shoes with a spring instead of a heel. Or the Reebok Pump. 2. Use loose-fitting robes like the traditional Muslim throbe (made of a fabric impervious to fluid

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Philip commented on A FAN Base: Boot Up Those Suits

Hi Deborah,

First,
I am offering the idea. I am not a clothing or shoe designer or manufacturer. The design and manufacture is someone else's expertise.

Air Movement
The key element in this suit are the shoes. The shoes would be designed (I'm not a designer) to act as airflow pumps with each step. The heel of each shoe would incorporate a passive air pump that would deliver a puff of air with each heel plant.
Heat naturally rises, so a heel pumps would assist heated air up through the suit and out one-way vents at waist, chest and head.

Sanitation/Disposal
The suits must be impervious to fluids. I'm not a virologist. I assume the chlorine would kill the virus. If so, the suit can be externally sanitized with a chorine/water spray while occupied. That could be as simple as a bucket of highly chlorinated water and a hand-pump sprayer or as complex as highly chlorinated water shower stall. Caregivers could work in pairs to sterilize one another.

Donning and Doffing
The sterilizing process described above should simplify removal of the suit, as any virus would already be dead before the suit was removed. Simply hang to dry.

Distribution
Distribution -- and training required to don and doff safely -- should be accomplished outside the infection zone. Therefore, caregivers should get their suit and a backup before they leave on their mission. Suits may be shipped into infection zones, but only as backups.

Manufacture
The special shoe design of these liquid-proof suits requires professional design and manufacture. I would first look at companies that manufacture dry suits for cold water environments, and shoe companies with expertise in specialized heels. Cost and turnaround are TBD.