She also said the show’s writers were working with real doctors to learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare.“Every year we have doctors coming to tell us their stories, and usually they tell their worst or their funniest or craziest stories, and this year it’s more like therapy,” Vernoff said. “The doctors come in and we’re the first to talk about what kind of experiences they’re having. They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they are pale and they talk about it as a war – a war they weren’t trained for. ”
Vernoff said it was a script they were talking about specifically for the character of Dr Owen Hunt, a former U.S. Army trauma surgeon, played by Kevin McKidd, who was also on the panel. Chandra Wilson, who plays Dr Miranda Bailey, was also on the panel.
“It’s really important to reflect what’s going on in our society right now on our show,” McKidd said during the panel. “Sometimes it really reflects what’s going on in America and around the world. “
Filming for the upcoming season hasn’t started due to the pandemic, but Vernoff said the crew are having conversations about how to “keep the humor and romance alive while we really tell these stories.” painful. ”
“It’s really painful to realize this [doctors are] crossing daily. While we are sitting at home trying not to get sick, they must be their patients’ family and friends because families and friends are not allowed in. They hold people back while they die. They have to decide who lives and who dies, ”Vernoff said. “… That’s a lot and I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of these stories. “