With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and setting levels of confirmed cases almost daily in the United States, some Grey’s Anatomy fans have expressed concerns about the show’s use of KN95 masks.
One viewer in particular, who watched the Season 17 premiere last week, criticized actress Camilla Luddington on Twitter for “wasting PPE” by wearing a KN95 mask between takes, rather than a disposable mask.
Luddington, who plays Dr Jo Wilson, responded on Monday about the masks she and her co-stars are wearing for the new season.
Review: Camilla Luddington set the record just after the cast of Grey’s Anatomy were criticized for wearing KN95 masks between takes, rather than a disposable mask
The critical fan argued that these coveted KN95s could be given to actual healthcare workers.
“If you see any of us wearing KN95s backstage, it’s because we’re wearing our costume masks. We don’t have an extra KN95 to wear between takes either, ”said the British-born actress.
These particular masks are essential because they meet the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s N95 air filtration classification, which means it filters at least 95% of airborne particles. in the air.
Part of the wardrobe: The British-born actress claimed that she and the cast only wore KN95s backstage because they were part of their costumes
Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy premiered last Thursday and there were plenty of scenes from the cast wearing KN95 masks
Earlier this year, the blockbuster medical drama was hailed for donating supplies to first responders during the initial outbreak.
‘Shonda [Rhimes] sort of handed all of our masks and hospital gowns – everything we had, ”explained Kim Raver, who plays Dr. Teddy Altman, in the March on The Showrunner’s Essential Giveaways at the time.
“I was in New York to do Third Watch on September 11, and [the producers] did the same, donating lights and whatever else they could use to Ground Zero. In these moments I really believe that the good comes out [in people]».
The Kn95 meets the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s N95 air filtration classification, which means it filters at least 95% of airborne particles
Gifts of PPE: Earlier this year, the blockbuster medical drama was praised for donating supplies, including masks and hospital gowns, to first responders during the initial outbreak.
Many fans are still excited about Patrick Dempsey’s surprise appearance in Thursday’s Season 17 premiere.
His character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, was killed off on the show during Season 11 in 2015.
Current showrunner Krista Vernoff has already gone public teasing fans with news that Dempsey will be making several more appearances throughout the current season.
Walking the talk: Luddington was seen and pictured wearing disposable masks