Tom Hanks Gives Update On COVID-19 Diagnosis: “Thanks To The Helpers”

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On Wednesday (March 11), Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed on social media that they had tested positive for COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus.

Hanks said he and his wife were in Australia and felt “a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches.” Along with chills and slight fevers, the married couple of over 30 years were tested for coronavirus and “were found to be positive.”

“Well, now. What to do next?” Hanks wrote on Instagram. “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.”

Hanks was in Australia to film the upcoming Elvis biopic, where he will be portraying Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager. According to, the pair “contracted the illness outside Australia and travelled to Queensland with the virus.”

One day after Hanks and Wilson revealed their diagnoses to the public, the award-winning actor took to social media once again. He shared a selfie of he and his wife and wrote, “Hello folks. @ritawilson 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 continued, “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.”

Ever the good sport, he ended the post with his iconic line from A League Of Their Own, “There’s no crying in baseball.”

On March 15, Hanks updated fans once again, this time sharing a photo of toast lathered in the Australian spread Vegemite along with a plush kangaroo holding an Australian flag.

Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other,” he wrote.

We are looking forward to Tom and Rita’s swift recovery from this virus.

Just as a reminder, please continue to practice good handwashing techniques, and be diligent about keeping surfaces and workspaces sanitary.