Grey’s Anatomy star Camilla Luddington sets the record straight after the cast is criticized for wearing KN95 masks on set
With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, and setting confirmed case highs on a near daily basis in the U.S., some fans of Grey’s Anatomy expressed concerns regarding 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 Monday about the masks that she and her co-stars are wearing on the new season.
Criticism: Camilla Luddington set the record straight after the Grey’s Anatomy cast were criticized for wearing KN95 masks between takes, rather than a disposable mask
The critical fan maintained those coveted KN95s could be donated to real life healthcare workers.
‘If you see any of us wearing KN95s behind the scenes it’s because we are wearing our costume masks. We don’t also get an extra KN95 to wear between takes,’ the British-born actress pointed out.
Those particular masks are vital because they meet the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health N95 classification of air filtration, meaning that it filters at least 95% of airborne particles.
Part of wardrobe: The British-born actress maintained she and the cast were only wearing KN95’s behind the scenes because they are a apart of their costumes
Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy premiered last Thursday, and there were plenty of scenes of the cast wearing KN95 masks
Earlier this year, the hit medical drama was showered with praise for donating supplies to first responders during the initial outbreak.
‘Shonda [Rhimes] sort of handed over all of our masks and hospital gowns — everything we had,’ Kim Raver, who plays Dr. Teddy Altman, shared in March about the showrunner’s essential gifts at the time.
‘I was in New York doing Third Watch on 9/11, and [the producers] did the same thing, donating lights and anything else that they could use at Ground Zero. In these moments, I really believe that the good comes out [in people].’
Kn95’s meet the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health N95 classification of air filtration, meaning that it filters at least 95% of airborne particles
PPE gifts: Earlier this year, the hit medical drama was showered with praise for donating supplies, including masks and hospital gowns, to first responders during the initial outbreak
Many fans are still buzzing over the surprise appearance of Patrick Dempsey in Thursday’s season 17 premiere.
His character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, was killed off the series during season 11 in 2015.
Current showrunner, Krista Vernoff, has already gone public by teasing fans with news that Dempsey will make several more appearances throughout the current season.
Walking the talk: Luddington has been seen and photographed wearing disposable masks