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Fighting illness may come at a risk

January 30, 2014

While health officials say hand sanitizer is effective and helpful in fighting germs, many suggest hand washing is still the most effective in warding off illness, but antibacterial chemcials may pose health concerns.

COLUMBIA CITY — Is it too cold for germs to spread? Health officials are warning residents to not become lax on healthy habits that will combat illness.

One particular, time-tested practice to ward off germs is hand washing and now, add to the list — using hand sanitizer.

Heather Reid is the public health nurse for Whitley County. She said she keeps hand sanitizer with her and uses it regularly.

“We were taught in nursing school that hand washing is best,” Reid said. “Now everyone has access to hand sanitizer it seems. It’s a second option when you can’t get to a sink.”

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