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If you’re that person who won’t touch a subway pole, or refuses to go bowling, you will find yourself both vindicated and triggered by the new Germ City exhibit. The Museum of the City of New York marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic with an exhibit that reminds New Yorkers that what makes us great also makes us vulnerable: germs love a bustling, crowded, international city, too. And we’ve been in a protracted battle against contagious-disease carrying microbes since long before we built subways or bowling alleys.

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