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How Medical TV Shows Are Helping Real Doctors During The Coronavirus Pandemic
With hospitals running out of supplies to help people stricken with COVID-19, television productions of medical procedurals are lending their props to help actual doctors and first responders.
The crews of Station 19, Grey's Anatomy, The Good Doctor and New Amsterdam have all given their show's supplies to hospitals in need. Krista Vernoff, the executive producer of Station 19, for instance, told The Hollywood Reporter that their production has donated 300 N95 masks to their local fire station, Station 35 in Los Angeles.
The Resident crew has helped Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital by providing supplies. The series' showrunner, Amy Holden Jones, series medical advisor Dr. Roshan Sethi, season finale co-writer Dr. Daniella Lamas and production manager David Harltey, gathered up "two trunks with gloves, gowns, masks, caps, shoe covers, scrubs, hair covers, lab coats and isolation gowns" along with more supplies for underserved doctors.
"It's pretty appalling to think that our doctors and nurses at hospitals don't have the proper protection--they're facing these patients who are highly contagious without being protected," Jones said to The Hollywood Reporter. "It was the very least we could do--doctors are our heroes on the show. It was very moving to us all that we could do anything because we all feel so powerless."
New Amsterdam's impact by the coronavirus his closer to home; Daniel Dae Kim, who stars as one of the series' doctors, was recently diagnosed with the virus after production was suspended. Showrunner David Schulner said to The Hollywood Reporter that everything the series donated to New York City's Bellevue Hospital was "being inspected by an NBC representative before being sent."