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Tom Hanks, Wife Rita Share Update after Coronavirus Diagnosis

Fri 13 Mar 2020 | 08:51 AM
Yara Sameh

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his actress wife, Rita Wilson, shared a health update after they were both tested positive for coronavirus.

Hanks tweeted Thursday evening a picture of himself with his wife, thanking those who've cared for them as they battle the virus.

"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," he said.

"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?"

The actor announced earlier that day the couple’s diagnosis on social media accounts, including Instagram and Twitter, along with a photo of a surgical glove placed inside a biohazard trash bag.

Hanks said that he and his wife came down with a fever while in Australia, where he was set to film his new movie about the life of Elvis Presley.

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia,” he wrote. “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 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!”

Both Hanks and Wilson are 63. The couple tied the knot in 1988, and they have two sons, Chester and Truman. She also has two stepchildren, Colin and Elizabeth Hanks.

Hanks is the first leading Hollywood star to be infected with the virus that is sweeping the world.