They might only play doctors and nurses on T.V., but they’ve shown they have the heart of a hero in real life.
In times of crisis, no solution is enough without the presence of camaraderie. A sense of community, generosity, and compassion – the very manifestations of humanity – play a major role on how this will end. For all of us.
Fortunately, we’re still left with something hopeful to hold on to (despite hoarders emptying grocery shelves). Optimism, for all the encouragement it spreads, is initiated by those who remain noble despite the world’s ongoing plight. People’s favorite medical series, Grey’s Anatomy, for instance, is a bearer of such selfless acts.
For the purpose of authenticity, ABC’s longest-running primetime series uses real medical supplies, which now turns out to be amazing because real hospitals can use them. As a matter of fact, some hospitals are now depending on these donations in order to help healthcare workers safely care for COVID-19 patients.
The medical community serves as the frontliners in the battle against the coronavirus. That’s why it’s of utmost importance that as they’re “deployed to the battlefield”, they’re sent out there fully safe and protected. After all, we need them to protect us so they have to protect themselves, too.
For medical practitioners, it means donning protective gear at all times while saving lives. Guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that doctors performing COVID-19 tests must wear gloves, gowns, face, and eye protection to ensure that they don’t get infected themselves.
But as we’ve read and seen in the news, supplies even in hospitals are running short. The shortage has gone serious that it’s gotten to the point where we need to look out for each other. Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off series Station 19, and the people behind these shows did exactly that.
In a statement, Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 executive producer Krista Vernoff told Good Morning America that the 300 N95 masks that were stocked for Station 19 were donated to a local fire station.
Dr. Meredith Grey and the rest of America’s most popular fictional physicians won’t need any lab gowns and gloves any time soon, so these were donated to real hospitals as well. With medical supplies dwindling in the last few months, these donations meant the world to the frontliners who are risking their lives on a daily basis.
Fox’s medical series, The Resident, also made the staff of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta very happy. Gowns, masks, and gloves, which have since become the holy grail of 2020, were donated to the relief and gratitude of many healthcare workers.
The people behind these programs not only helped in curbing coronavirus cases by helping some hospitals, they’ve also reminded us of the importance of being there for each other. Choosing to give and share rather than descend to selfishness is enough to uplift one’s spirits and foster a sense of healing. In a world where we can be each other’s heroes, no viral outbreak can ever stand a chance.