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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s “Very Different Reactions” to Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES – Actor and producer Tom Hanks spoke about his and his wife, Greek-American Rita Wilson’s “very different reactions” to coronavirus in a recent interview with the Guardian.

Hanks and Wilson battled coronavirus in March while in Australia. He told the Guardian that he and his wife “are fine” and noted that “our discomfort because of the virus was pretty much done in two weeks and we had very different reactions, and that was odd. My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes.”

“That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway,” Hanks joked, the Guardian reported.

Hanks continued, “When we were in the hospital, I said: ‘I’m 63, I have type 2 diabetes, I had a stent in my heart – am I a red flag case?’ But as long as our temperatures did not spike, and our lungs did not fill up with something that looked like pneumonia, they were not worried … I’m not one who wakes up in the morning wondering if I’m going to see the end of the day or not. I’m pretty calm about that,” the Guardian reported.

Hanks then “criticized those who choose not to wear masks, even as top health officials urge the importance of face coverings in slowing the spread of the virus,” People magazine reported.

The Academy Award-winner told the Guardian, “There’s really only three things everyone needs to do: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. I know societally it’s been politicized, but I don’t get it, man. I don’t understand how anyone can put their foot down and say: 'I don’t have to do my part.’”

Last week, Hanks had also spoken out during a press conference for the film Greyhound, his upcoming release on Apple TV+, saying, “Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things – I just think shame on you,” People reported, adding, “Get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic. If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal, and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.”

Hanks also told reporters that he and Wilson were the “canaries in the coal mine for the COVID-19 experience,” People reported, noting that the couple, married since 1988, were among the first celebrities to openly discuss their coronavirus diagnosis.

Hanks said, “We had about 10 days of very uncomfortable symptoms. Not life-threatening, we’re happy to say. We were isolated in order to keep an eye on ourselves because if our temperatures had spiked, if our lungs had filled, if any number of things had gone wrong with this, we would have needed expert medical care. We didn’t. I guess we were model recoverers from COVID-19, but we were also isolated so that we would not give it to anybody else that we came in contact with, and since then have been doing the same isolating, social distancing that is being asked of the world so, we are fine,” People reported.

Greyhound will be available streaming on Apple TV+ on July 10. Hanks not only stars in the World War II film, he also produced the film and wrote the screenplay based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester.

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