Several people have asked us is Oly*fun the same material used in surgical masks? The answer is… Sort-of. Oly-fun polypropylene non-woven material can be used for a variety of projects. As a non-woven it is similar to the material used in surgical masks, however, Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities. Most commercially manufactured surgical masks are made of 3-ply 25GSM non-woven, whereas Oly*fun is 65GSM. Commercially made masks often include an additional filtration barrier.
While no material is guaranteed to provide 100% virus protection, in these difficult times when the CDC is requesting public assistance in making masks and surgical gowns we feel that Oly*fun nonwoven will work well for making DIY facemasks.
Before setting out to make large quantities of masks, be sure that you have the exact pattern and specifications from the organization for which you are making.
***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.***