TV Medical Dramas Donate Extra Masks to Real Hospitals

March 23, 2020 at 12:36 am

Hollywood actors are passing along their masks, gloves and gowns to real doctors who fear shortages

Several medical shows whose studios have shutdown since the coronavirus outbreak are donating masks, gloves and gowns from their wardrobe departments to real health professionals who worry they could run out in coming weeks.

Grey’s Anatomy spinoff “Station 19” donated 300 respirator masks to the City of Ontario Fire Department.

FOX’s “The Resident” has given several large boxes of personal protective equipment to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital.

ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” plans to donate the cast’s personal protective equipment to Vancouver hospitals.

Hospitals fear shortages because much of their medical equipment is made in China. China has ramped up production since its own outbreak, but still can’t keep up with demand.

The U.S. surgeon general has urged healthy people to not buy masks.

“Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS!” he wrote on Twitter earlier this month. “They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”