Glenn Fernandez is an accomplished actor and singer appearing on US TV shows, with an album as an operatic singer.
But one of the most important roles the multi-talented Filipino-American plays is his real-life career as an emergency physician, a calling that he and several of his family members share.
With the entertainment industry shut down in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic, he’s been putting all his energy in Southern California hospitals, caring for COVID-19 patients at the frontlines.
"It's tough, people are suffering in both fields. I don’t have those outlets of performance that I usually do, and we’re suffering in the ER because people are so sick and they’re dying," Fernandez told ABS-CBN News.
"But part of why I like doing the ER stuff is because I feel like I’m helping people and right now is the time people need a lot of help."
Six of the Southern California counties continue to be coronavirus hotspots, accounting for nearly 6,000 of the state’s 8,000 deaths.
As stress mounts up and doctors are preparing for the worse, Fernandez is using his voice to shed some light on the pandemic.
Encouraged by a fellow actor to put a medically induced twist to this song from Hamilton, Fernandez is giving people a first-hand glance at the pandemic through an online music video debunking some of the misinformation about the pandemic, while spreading some good laughs as well.
"I just filled the lyrics with how I felt about working in the ER right now, I think, of course, one of the things I want to talk about, is how wearing masks help. But also, I have this frustration about people with these weird conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and they call it a hoax, and whenever I’m in the ER, and I see these patients that literally cannot breathe, it just frustrates me so I wanted to express that," he said.
With the music video, Fernandez hopes the people will follow the doctors' orders and we won’t see too many more faces in the ER, but rather back on set.