Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Post Update On Their Health After Contracting Coronavirus

Olivia Blair

From ELLE

Update 13/3/20: Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Share Update After Contracting Coronavirus

A day after Hollywood couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were revealed to be the highest-profile people to have contracted the Covid-19 virus, the couple have shared an update on their recovery.

Hanks and Wilson were inundated with get well wishes - including from fellow celebrity friends like Reese Witherspoon and Jack Black - when they shared on Thursday how they had contracted the illness while in Australia.

On Friday, Hanks shared a selfie of he and his wife of 32 years thanking followers for their wishes and the Australian healthcare professionals who have looked after them.

'We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else,' the Forrest Gump star explained.




'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?'

Signing off with a line from his own 1992 hit film, A League Of Their Own, Hanks wrote: 'Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball.'

The post was met with more than 1.7 million likes a mere six hours after posting as well as more wishes of support including from Sophie Turner, Kate Hudson and Gwen Stefani.

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Since the Hanks confirmed they had the illness - which has now been labelled a global pandemic by WHO - there have been more high-profile cases to emerge.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister, has tested positive for the illness requiring she and her husband Justin Trudeau to quarantine. A number of premier league footballers and the Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta have also tested positive for Covid-19.

Original Story: Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Test Positive For Coronavirus

Tom Hanks has revealed that he and his wife Rita Wilson have both fallen ill with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The actors were in Australia when they contracted the Coronavirus - which yesterday was labelled a 'pandemic' by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Sharing the news on Instagram on March 12 alongside a picture of a plastic glove in a protected bin, the Castaway actor explained how he and Wilson experienced symptoms including fatigue, aches, fevers, chills and colds so were then tested for the virus and found to be positive.

'Well, now. What to do next?' Hanks continued. '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.'

Signing off with a message to his seven million followers to take care of themselves, the post was met with an overwhelming response from fans sending their well wishes to the beloved actors.

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Reese Witherspoon was among the celebrities to send their best, commenting: 'Please take care' under the post. She was joined by actor Jack Black who sent his love, as well as nearly two million people who 'liked' the post.

A couple of hours after the married couple of 32 years' post, their son Chet recorded a video message on Instagram reassuring fans that he had spoken his parents and they were both 'fine'.

'They're not even that sick... they're not tripping but they are going through the necessary health precautions obviously,' he explained. 'I don't think it's anything to be too worried about, I appreciate everybody's concern and the well-wishes but I think it's all going to be alright.'

As of Thursday (March 12), the UK has 456 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and has seen eight people - all with underlying health conditions - die from the disease.

The UK is currently in it's 'containment' phase of tackling the virus' spread but it is expected that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a statement later today announcing that the government has moved on to the 'delaying' the spread of the illness so not to overload the NHS in these winter months.

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