On March 11, 2020, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks announced that he and his wife Rita Wilson have the coronavirus.
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” Hanks wrote on Instagram. “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!”
Following this revelation, many wished Tom Hanks and his wife a speedy recovery from coronavirus on Twitter, including actors Marlon Wayans, Wilmer Valderrama, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Viall and German fashion designer Philipp Plein.
Tom Hanks’s children’s reaction to the parents’ coronavirus diagnosis
A day after Tom’s news of coronavirus diagnosis, his children shared their responses on social media. His son Chet reassured the fans, saying they were okay.
“It’s true, my parents got coronavirus. Crazy,” said Chet. “I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine. They’re not even that sick, they’re not worried about it. They’re not trippin’, but they’re going through the necessary health precautions, obviously. But I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about.
“I appreciate everyone’s concern and the well wishes, but I think it’s all going to be all right. But I appreciate it and just, everybody stay safe out there. Much love.”
Later that evening, Tom’s eldest son Colin said on Twitter that he’s “confident that they will make a full recovery.”
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone. My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and are doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances. Despite the fact that I’m in L.A. and haven’t seen them in over three weeks, we have been in constant contact and am confident that they will make a full recovery.”
Hanks’ daughter Elizabeth also shared on Instagram, “Thank you all so much for your well wishes for my parents. They are getting excellent care in Australia and are both in good spirits. I so appreciate everyone taking the time to reach out. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.
“P.S. Healthcare is a human right.”
Initially, Tom and Rita were tested positive for coronavirus in Australia, where Tom was filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic. Preproduction for the film has since been halted, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
How’s Tom Hanks doing in Australia?
Tom has since updated on social media, showing appreciation for all the helpers and a generous amount of vegemite on his toast.
In another post, he said along with a photo of him and Rita, “Hello folks. Rita Wilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else.
“There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx”
Impact of coronavirus in Hollywood
In Hollywood, premieres, screenings and productions are on pause in light of coronavirus spreading across the United States. Late-night talk shows “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” are taping without audiences, and Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere” premiere, as well as the CW’s “Riverdale” season 4 production, are on hold according to BuzzFeed.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by a new virus that had not been previously identified in humans, first appeared in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread across the world, killing thousands and prompting the WHO to declare it a pandemic.
Lastly, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were the first known celebrities to have the coronavirus. On March 17, 2020, actor Idris Elba announced that he has the coronavirus. Click for more updates on coronavirus.