Euratex is identifying options to increase the availability of protective masks in the EU, both by enhancing the existing capacity and creating new manufacturing capacity, including support to textile value-chain companies reconverting their production Under normal circumstances two main type of face protecting masks are put on the market:
In the present circumstances, masks offering a general protection are used as well. These masks offer different degrees of protection, depending on which materials are used and how they are made. These are usually intended for use by the population and are not meant to be used by healthcare workers. Public authorities should communicate clearly on the difference between these masks, and their level of protection.
Euratex is working with its membership and the European Commission to quickly identify solutions that are workable and increase the relative safety of European citizens.