The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by a storm in the last few months.
As the death toll steadily rises and the panic increases, researchers and medical experts are desperately battling the virus and trying to keep it under control.
But thankfully for them, the people behind Grey's Anatomy are planning on donating real medical supplies to help.
Keep scrolling to find out more...
The COVID-19 crisis has been at the forefront of all aspects of our lives in the last few months.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Cases have now passed the 200,000 mark.
via: GettyThere are now 226,238, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 10,496 people have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
It didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 14,549 more confirmed cases across the country and 218 deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.
Researchers have been working tirelessly to find a cure...
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Many donations have been made towards medical research...
via: GettyAnd the most recent is very high profile.
The one and only Grey's Anatomy has gotten involved.
via: IMDBThe medical drama is hugely popular here in the States and worldwide, and of course, it is best known for covering all things surgical and gruesome.
The show has ran for seventeen seasons now...
via: IMDBAnd it is most definitely the go-to for some medical drama... well, that's alongside House M.D of course!
It seems that Grey's Anatomy wants to help in some sort with the corona crisis...
via: IMDBSo they have decided to donate gloves and gowns, typically used as costuming for the fictional medical professionals on the series, to those in need of extra protective measures during this time.
This isn't the first time the show has had involvement...
via: IMDBGrey’s Anatomy spin-off, Station 19, previously donated supplies, and now, the Shonda Rhimes flagship show is following suit, according to showrunner Krista Vernoff’s statement to Refinery29.
The show had a lot of product to give away...
via: IMDB"At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks which we donated to our local fire station. They were tremendously grateful. At Grey’s Anatomy, we have a back stock of gowns and gloves which we are donating as well," she said.
She pointed out the difficult time that healthcare workers are having right now...
via: IMDB"We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying home," she went on to say.
Grey's Anatomy isn't the only show donating towards the cause...
via: IMDBThe Good Doctor, which like Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC, is reportedly also donating supplies to local facilities in Vancouver, where the show's set is located
These donations are greatly appreciated...
via: GettyAnd no matter how small, every donation can go a long way towards helping the people in healthcare who are working tirelessly against the pandemic at the moment. Keep up with the latest entertainment news by following us on Facebook.