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Watch Your Favorite TV Doctors Thank The "Real" Ones

At times serious and funny, these well known celebrities want to make sure our focus is in the right place right now.

Olivia Wilde played a doctor they called "Thirteen" on House. Omar Epps did it twice, on House, and staffing the fictional emergency room on ER. Patrick Dempsy was a pretend neurosurgeon on Grey's Anatomy. And who can forget Doogie Howser M.D.'s Neil Patrick Harris.

All of these "pretend" doctors are coming together to thank the real doctors and health care professionals who are putting themselves on the front lines of the coronavirus, caring for patients despite risk to their own health:

"The closest thing I've ever come to being a doctor is putting on a costume. I just want to say thank you to the real healthcare heroes out there," said Wilde, who brought everyone together to make videos from their homes.

Sarah Chalke, who played Dr. Elliot Reid on the NBC hospital comedy Scrubs, brought a little big of levity to the serious subject of hospitals scrambing to meet needs. "I know that they're recruiting retired doctors and nurses, and if you want to recruit the fake doctors, we are ready," she said. "We can hand you... stuff!"

Neil Patrick Harris reacts to his own tongue-in-cheek hope that the video goes "viral."

Wilde and the other actors encouraged all their fans to donate to organizations that are supporting health care workers during the pandemic, and to say "thank you" to those workers in any way they can."I want to thank all the doctors and the nurses. The real ones, not the ones that are on television," said Dempsy.

Margulies added "I hope you know how much we appreciate your hard work. Stay safe!"

How can you start something good?

The TV doctors are encourging everyone to support our first responders and health care workers. One organization they suggest is Thrive Global's First-Responders-First fund.

If you'd prefer to make sure your dollars are supporting health care workers in your own community, we have lots of stories in our Kindness During Crisis section, from donating take-out meals to collecting supplies.

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