( CNN) As a white-hot nationalist revival in Charlottesville, Virginia, passed deadly on Saturday, doctors and public health managers were among those watching happens unfold on their television screens and social media.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, was at a automobile dealership getting his vehicle inspected when he saw news reports of a car plowing into a group of counterprotesters. “I was shocked, ” he said.

Dr. Elizabeth Samuels, situations of emergency specialist in New Haven, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island, was closely following the events in Charlottesville from home.

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