COVID-19 Update: Clarification on Mask Production
To our Pallas Community
We recognize there is a lot of confusion, and in some cases misinformation, related to appropriate masks, fabrics and homemade masks.
Medical face masks require certification and must pass FDA-approved testing of the finished mask product. There are three mask types:
- Level 3: Respirator (N95)
- Level 2: Surgical
- Level 1: Isolation (or Procedure)
Public health advocates recommend health care providers and other high-risk individuals use FDA approved masks. At this time, KI and Pallas Textiles are not part of a program for an FDA-certified masks.
Regulatory approvals are based on finished products, not the individual components (e.g. fabric) of the mask.
According to the CDC, in settings where appropriate facemasks are not available, homemade isolation masks for care of patients with COVID-19 may be used as a last resort.
These homemade masks are not considered PPE and caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front and sides of the face.
Acceptance and use of homemade masks are at the discretion of the healthcare facility.
Additional information is available from the CDC through the links below:
KI and Pallas Textiles have been and continue to actively work with a variety of our partners to leverage our collective production, textile, and supply chain capabilities to help address some of the critical needs of our medical community.
Learn more about our response to COVID-19.