The makers of Kleenex say they've devised a tissue that not only will wipe your nose but kill germs in the process.
Kimberly-Clark Corp. on Wednesday announced that it will begin shipping its three-ply Kleenex Anti-Viral beginning in August. The company hopes to capitalize on bacterial-killing soaps and cleansers, which are now dominating the liquid soap market, the Associated Press reports.
The company said it's been working on a virus-killing facial tissue for years, and that customers want it. According to Kimberly-Clark, the antiviral -- it's in the middle layer of the tissue -- will kill up to 99.9 percent of cold and flu viruses within 15 minutes.
The new product is not without its doubters and detractors, including Dr. Ron Davis, a trustee with the American Medical Association.
"All of the hypothetical benefits have to be balanced against possible harm to public health, which may be the increasing resistance of microorganisms to medications," Davis told the AP. He also said he wanted to see more details about the tissue's effectiveness at killing viruses.