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Actors playing doctors cheer up medical frontliners

he COVID-19 pandemic involves a different kind of war with medical professionals – doctors, nurses and other medical or health care workers – risking their lives to save others

These medical frontliners are fighting an “unseen enemy” while coping desperately with scarcity of alcohol, face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

The country’s health care system has been inundated by various scarcities – lack of equipment (PPEs, ventilators, etc.), test kits, nurses, hospital beds and others.   

Medical frontliners (who are hailed new heroes) are like soldiers being sent to war without ample guns and bullets.

So, it’s heartwarming to read about actors uniting in one inspiring video to rally behind our frontliners. Unlike other celebrities crowding social media these days to raise funds for the country’s “most vulnerable” sectors, some of these celebrities portray characters in medical dramas on TV and theaters.

Olivia Wilde urged her followers on Instagram to donate to ThriveGlobal.com/firstresponders to buy essential resources “for the actual superheroes on the front lines of this crisis.”

Olivia Wilde, who played Thirteen in the Hugh Laurie-starrer “House,” helped arrange the four-minute, star-studded mashup. 

After thanking doctors and other health care workers in the introduction, she said, with a conspiratorial smile, “And there are some other people who want to say thank you, as well …”

We then see a parade of actors who played some of our favorite characters in those medical shows and movies, among them Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), Julianna Margulies and Maura Tierney (ER), Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club), Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and Donald Faison (Scrubs), Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Penn and Peter Jacobson (House), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, MD).

Harris provided anxiety-leavening humor. “I wish I was there with you, guys … to assist in my medical capacity,” he quipped. “But probably, all I’ll be doing would be writing prescriptions for myself—which was kind of all I did when I was 16, 17 … I’d rather not talk about that time in my life …”

Harris ended with a more serious message: “Please know that when I talk about how to be as a human, [and] who you should grow up to be as an adult, I’m using you all as true examples to my children.”Falco ended her video with a touching and reassuring message, “I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that you’re being thought about and prayed for.”

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