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

with Hugh Hill


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.

  • Oct 3 - 31st, 2020
    Sat for 5 weeks from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Will run


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