Can a jacket fight a virus? The answer might be yes—especially if it’s made of copper, an element proven to kill particles from viruses like influenza A and bacteria like E. coli. The Full Metal Jacket ($1,095), an innovative garment recently released by experimental clothing company Vollebak, may offer a glimpse into our sartorial future. About 65% of the lightweight jacket’s total material is composed of microscopic copper fiber that, if laid out in a straight line, would cross 11 km (6.8 miles). Although the Full Metal Jacket isn’t tested and wasn’t intended for defense against the coronavirus, Vollebak co-founder Steve Tidball hopes it will nonetheless serve as inspiration for a day when more of our clothing is made of materials that can also protect us. — Jason Cipriani
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