Tom Hanks told the world through his Twitter handle that he and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for Covid-19 Coronavirus. He also posted the same thing on Instagram with a photo of a rubber hand glove in a trash can. The 63-year-old Oscar winner actor is the first Hollywood celebrity who has announced publicly that he is infected with the virus that is sweeping across the world for the last three months.
He also said that the couple will be isolated and monitored by health experts. His caption on Instagram and Twitter said:
“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.
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 require. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”
He also added to keep all his fans and the world updated about their health and told everyone to take care. Many celebrities were quick to respond and wish the couple for good health. Marlon Wayans commented on Hanks’ Instagram post in his comic way. He commented “Damn you, Tom!!! You always gotta be first. First Emmy winner, first Oscar winner, first Hollywood Coronavirus. That one was mine damn it! Curses get well soon brother. I love you tremendously. Praying for you and wifey. Always my nizzle.” Reese Witherspoon told the couple to take care in the comments. Many of his fans and friends flooded the comment box with wishes.
Rita and Tom Hanks both are 63 and they are in Australia for the preproduction of their upcoming film based on the life Elvis Presley. The film is produced by Warner Bros. in which the actor will be playing the role of Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager. The production studio said in a statement that they are aware of the actor is tested positive for coronavirus without mentioning Tom’s name. They said they are assisting with Australian agencies to take care of the couple and all the people who may have come in direct contact with them. They said, “The health and safety of our company members are always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.”
The couple’s son, Chet Hanks took Instagram to post video and appreciated people’s concern and the well-wishers. He said in the post that he spoke with them on the phone and they are not that sich so there is nothing to be worried about. He ensured that his parents are getting necessary medical assistance and going through the needed health precautions.
Warner Bros hasn’t yet announced whether Baz Luhrmann’s film starring Hanks would be postponed due to later’s health or not. They are still in Australia where more than 139 cases have been confirmed of coronavirus and three deaths due to it. The Australian government has announced an $18 billion package to control the impact of this outbreak of the country’s economy.
More than 4600 deaths have been reported around the world due to coronavirus which began in Wuhan, China three months ago. More than 125,000 people were affected worldwide due to this and nearly 70,000 were recovered. WHO and many other organizations are taking appropriate steps to curb the outbreak. Recently NBA has canceled the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus – Covid 19.