Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are the first celebrities to publicly reveal that they have tested positive for coronavirus. The pair are currently in the Australian state of Queensland, on the Gold Coast, working on a film about Elvis Presley but are now in a local hospital receiving medical care.
- The couple began feeling unwell around the same time. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, both 63, sought medical advice after they started experiencing cold symptoms, BBC News reports. Soon after, they were tested for coronavirus and showed a positive result.
- They’re currently in isolation in a local hospital. While it might be tempting for a celebrity to keep a coronavirus diagnosis private, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have both been incredibly open and frank about their experience on social media. “Hey folks, Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “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.”
- So what happens to them next? As Hanks explained, “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?” He promised to keep his followers updated as they knew more.
- While they’ll hopefully recover soon, it shows how serious coronavirus really is. For some reason, we imagine that celebrities are exempt from all the crazy stuff going on in the world but the fact that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilsons, two major movie stars, have now been diagnosed shows that’s really not true. However, they seem to be in good spirits and will hopefully be back on their feet ASAP.
- Things will likely only get worse before they get better. With the World Health Organization only just declaring coronavirus a pandemic, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are only the first of many celebrities—and millions of “regular” people around the world—who will face coronavirus. It’s really important to wash your hands regularly, stay away from people when you’re sick or you think they might be, and to just take every possible precaution to protect yourself and the most vulnerable people in society like our elders and those with underlying conditions. It’s a long road ahead, but we’ll get through it.