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Medical supplies are high in demand and short in supply amid the global coronavirus crisis, and now, help is coming from an unexpected source: television shows.
Medical dramas including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19” and “The Resident” are all donating surgical gloves and masks that are used as props on the shows to aid real-life doctors in the fight against the virus.
“At ‘Station 19,’ we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station,” Krista Vernoff, executive producer of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” told “Good Morning America” in a statement. “They were tremendously grateful. At ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ we have a back-stock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well. We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to those donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home.”
While the United States has a stockpile of 13 million N95 respirator masks, the government predicts that as many as 1 billion masks might be needed in the next six months.
Other television shows that will be making similar donations include “The Good Doctor” and “Filthy Rich,” which will donate cleaning supplies and food pallets.
“This kind of community support means so much to our #frontlineproviders who are making many sacrifices to staff our hospitals and care for our community,” Dr. Karen L. Law, program director of Internal Medicine Residency Program at Emory University, told CNN of the donations her team received from “The Resident.”
She took to Instagram to express her gratitude:
“Yesterday, I had a serious discussion with the residents about how, though supplies are low, a magical shipment of masks is unlikely to arrive, she wrote. “And yet, a magical shipment of masks DID arrive, in the form of this very generous gesture.”
This personal protective equipment is much needed right now to keep our health-care workers and first-responders safe! Kudos to these shows for pitching in however they can.