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Go Viral! (A Doctor's Take on Viruses)


with Hugh Hill

Calendar Oct 3, 2020 at 11 am, runs for 5 weeks

This 5-session course will be a look at viruses for those who don’t remember high school biology--or who never took it! We’ll start with what they are and how they affect all of life, then how they spread and how our bodies defend us against them. Questions addressed will include why we don’t have medicines against them and how they are different from other infectious agents. We’ll talk about some of the human maladies caused by viruses and what we can do to improve our chances. 

The subjects will include sexually transmitted diseases, so unless you want to scare your teens into abstinence, it may not be appropriate for the young. The instructor has a bias in favor of vaccination.


This class was offered before our current pandemic and delayed. It is now converted to this electronic, physically distant medium and redesigned to lead to and focus on (and spring from) SARS-COVID-19.

The course will maintain its earlier commitment to articulating science for non-scientists. Participants need not have more than high school biology – and even those who did not have this experience or remember nothing of it can enjoy our very basic review of viruses. Questions will include:  what are viruses, where do they come from, where are they, are they alive, and how do they change and spread.

Hugh F. Hill III, MD, JD, FACEP, FCLM is a Rapp resident and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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with Robyn Murray

Calendar Oct 3, 2020 at 12:30 pm

This course is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course teaches skills with the American Heart Association’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.

Note: There is a ten dollar fee for a certification card that is filed with the AHA.  CDC COVID guidelines will be followed, including a limit of six students, individually assigned mannequins, masks,temperature checks, and social distancing.

Robyn Murray RN, the Rappahannock Center for Education healthcare program director, will be teaching the CPR and AED classes to the general public. She is a certified instructor and also teaches other healthcare classes.

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