We are bombarded every day with the number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the United States and throughout the world.

Thanksgiving is almost eight months away, but I don't want to wait that long to give thanks for our nation's doctors, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, nurses, EMTs and other medical staff who are literally putting their lives on the line every day by their potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

These medical professionals, by this exposure to their patients, risk catching the corona virus themselves and could become sick — or even worse — die.

Why then, are these medical professionals willing to attend to these potential coronavirus patients in their care? Because they have a genuine compassion and concern for their patients and firmly believe that they can help alleviate the pain and suffering of their patients and possibly even help them get well.

Remember, too, that these medical professionals don't have the luxury of "social distancing" — being at least six feet away — when examining a patient and making a proper diagnosis.

We truly are fighting a war against the coronavirus, which is the "unseen enemy." Just as we send brave military men and women to the front lines to fight a military war, brave medical professional men and women are serving on the front lines of this germ war to combat and conquer the virus.

Medical professionals deserve our heartfelt thanks and gratitude, as they constantly strive to vanquish this horrific disease.

Ron Etchison, Ellsworth