Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have provided an update on their health after they both tested positive for coronavirus while in Australia.
The actor, who was on location in Australia for pre-production of the new Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic about the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, confirmed that he and Wilson must now enter a period of self-isolation.
“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 said when confirming the news.
“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?”
He added: “We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”
Now, after the initial news has died down and the rest of the world begins to react accordingly to the threats of the ongoing pandemic, Hanks has provided an update on his current situation. “Hello folks. Rita Wilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us,” Hanks said in a post on social media.
“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 the current events, there is no crying in baseball.”
The ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 12th, 2020, more than 134,000 cases have been confirmed, of which more than 8,000 were classified as serious.
With more than 4,900 people having died from the virus, most of which have come in different provinces of China, coronavirus has now spread to 120 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America.