'Grey's Anatomy' Will Address the Coronavirus Pandemic Next Season

We could always use a reminder from our favorite T.V. doctors to WEAR A MASK.

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Sixteen

It seems that art will imitate life for the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Grey’s Anatomy plans to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic in its upcoming 17th season, showrunner Krista Vernoff said during a panel that will stream in full on Emmys.com on Tuesday.

"We’re going to address this pandemic for sure," Vernoff said. “There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes."

Like many television shows, Grey’s shut down production in March and thus had to cut short its 16th season. The show also donated its supply of masks to doctors on the front lines and Ellen Pompeo recorded a message for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Tough campaign which featured the famed Grey’s anthem How to Save A Life from The Fray. Meanwhile, stars Chandra Wilson, Kim Raver, and Greg Germann spoke at length with the real-life doctors from Netflix's docuseries Lenox Hill.

During the panel, Vernoff said those who work on Grey’s have been hearing from doctors around the country about what they've witnessed. “The doctors come in and we’re the first people they’re talking to about these types of experiences they’re having. They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they’re pale, and they’re talking about it as war — a war that they were not trained for,” she said.

So could the Grey’s doctors who themselves have seen war zones feature in the shows pandemic storylines? Vernoff hinted at writers exploring specific storylines for Owen. Last we saw the trauma doc he’d found out his fiancé was cheating on him. Potentially, we could see the doctors in the first wave of the pandemic, or maybe it could be referenced in passing as something that already happened.

Regardless, we could always use a reminder from our favorite T.V. doctors to WEAR A MASK.

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