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Given the coronavirus threat, is holding on to escalator handrails really a good idea?

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On public transport escalators we are requested, for safety’s sake, to hold on to the handrail. But isn’t the germ-ridden handrail – particularly with the threat of coronavirus – more of a threat to our health than the risk of taking a tumble down the steps?

Claire Wright, Manchester

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