Fighting illness may come at a risk

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.”To read the rest of this story, see the Jan. 30 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.