Murata Manufacturing and Teijin Frontier, two Japanese companies developed a fabric that produces small amounts of electricity that can zap microbes and bacterias.
The fabric is called PIECLEX.
According to an AFP report, the fabric generates power from the expansion and contraction of the material itself, which is what happens when worn by someone moving around.
It stops bacterias and viruses from accumulating inside the body, the companies said.
“It has been effective on 99.9% of bacteria and viruses we tested, working to curb their proliferation or inactivate them”, said a Murata spokeswoman to AFP on Friday.
Right now, the company is looking into testing the fabric’s effectiveness on the corona virus, but the strict limitations on handling the infectious disease makes the task difficult.