Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress/singer Rita Wilson, have been released from the hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus) last week.
Tom and Rita were in Australia, where Tom was set to begin work on Baz Luhrmann’s new Elvis Presley biopic. While in Australia, Tom said he felt a bit tired and had some body aches, while Rita “had chills that came and went.” They were also running slight fevers.
The pair got tested for coronavirus, and their tests came back positive. Tom shared the news with his fans on March 11:
“We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires,” he wrote. “Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?“
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Hello, folks. @ritawilson 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. 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? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!
Despite the circumstances, the couple maintained good spirits.
Tom eventually took to Instagram to share an update on his and Rita’s conditions. He also posted a picture of the two of them, the first he shared since revealing their diagnosis.
“We are taking it one-day-at-a-time,” he said. “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?“
He then ended the post with a classic line, saying, “Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball.“
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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. 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. Hanx
After a couple days of social media silence, Tom shared another update. In a brief post, he thanked all of the people who cared for him and Rita at the hospital.
“Thanks to the Helpers,” he said. “Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.”
Now, there is a new update in Tom and Rita’s story. They have been released from the hospital.
Tom’s rep confirmed with CNN on Monday (March 16) that he and Rita were able to leave the hospital and are now in self-quarantine at their home in Queensland.
The couple will remain in self-quarantine for some time in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Remember, practice good hand washing, keep all workspaces and surfaces clean, and stay home if you feel sick. President Trump has also recommended that all people in the U.S. refrain from dining in restaurants and should avoid groups of 10 or more.
We’re happy to hear that Tom and Rita’s conditions seem to be improving. We’ll continue to pray for their quick and complete recoveries.