Ellen Pompeo Pays Tribute to Doctors, Nurses Fighting Coronavirus on the ‘Front Lines’ (Video)

“Grey’s Anatomy” was one of many TV shows to suspend production this week due to concerns over COVID-19

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Ellen Pompeo may not be a doctor in real life — but she does play one on TV and, on Friday, expressed great respect for her real-life counterparts: the doctors and nurses who are currently facing the coronavirus pandemic head on.

“This is my nurses and doctors and all healthcare workers appreciation post,” the “Grey’s Anatomy” star said in a video posted to Instagram. “Many of us have the privilege to self-quarantine and isolate and try to stay healthy, and none of you have that privilege. You all have to be on the front lines of this thing and what is certainly bad now, but will most definitely get worse in the next couple of weeks.”

“So this is just from me and my family to all of you to say thank you,” she continued. “We appreciate you, we love you. Stay safe. Nurses rock, doctors rock, and anyone who works in a hospital or the healthcare industry, you rock. We love you. Stay safe.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” was one of many TV shows to suspend or delay production this week due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, with showrunner Krista Vernoff, executive producer Debbie Allen and line producer James Williams breaking the news of a two-week hiatus in a memo to cast and crew late Thursday.

“Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy effective immediately,” the trio wrote. “We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work, and it was made in accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s suggestion that we not gather in groups of more than 50. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay hydrated, stay home as much as possible, and wash your hands frequently. Please take care of yourselves and each other. As updates come in, we will keep you informed.”

Readers can find a list of all the series that have delayed or suspended production over the coronavirus here.

See Pompeo’s Instagram post below.