This analysis was excerpted from the March 24 edition of CNN’s Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Click here to read past editions and subscribe. (CNN)Most big sports events in the US now feature a “Salute to the Troops” moment, when fans stand to honor a returned service-member. It’s a tradition that seeks to salve wounds lingering from the Vietnam War, when fierce social divides saw many conscripts spurned when they came home. But when the coronavirus pandemic is over and stadiums eventually re-open, troops may have to step aside for new heroes: the doctors and nurses on the frontlines of a new kind of war. Americans are just beginning to appreciate the courage and sacrifice of medical professionals — a lesson the people of China, Italy and France have already learned. Hours of prolonged exposure to the sick leaves medical professionals sitting ducks to a virus that has no vaccine, and to which humans have no immunity. At least 23 physicians treating virus patients have died in Italy. A number of doctors have also given their lives in France, and the young Chinese whistleblower, Dr. Li Wenliang, succumbed to Covid-19 after alerting the


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