Kim Raver, Kevin McKidd and Camilla Luddington Sign on for 3 More Seasons of Grey's Anatomy: Report

During the "Quaranstreaming: Comfort TV That Keeps Us Going" panel, which Vernoff attended along with Grey's stars Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) and McKidd, she explains that the show's writers have already been in meetings with real-life doctors about the pandemic.

"Every year, we have doctors come and tell us their stories, and usually they’re telling their funniest or craziest stories," Vernoff explained of the show's writing process.

This year, however, listening to the doctor's stories was different.

"It has felt more like therapy," she said in the panel interview. "The doctors come in and we’re the first people they’re talking to about these types of experiences they’re having. They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they’re pale, and they’re talking about it as war — a war that they were not trained for."

"That’s been one of our big conversations about Owen [Hunt], is that he’s actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren’t," she teased of the storyline.

Vernoff went on to say that while it's been "really painful" to hear such tragic stories, it is important that they are shared.

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