Tom Hanks, Wife Rita Wilson, Test Positive For Coronavirus
Actor Tom Hanks announced on social media Thursday that he and his wife and fellow actor Rita Wilson have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands worldwide since December.
On Instagram and in a tweet on Thursday, local time, Hanks, who is in Australia for pre-production on an as-yet untitled film about Elvis Presley, said he and Wilson "felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches."
"Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too," Hanks wrote. "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?" he wrote.
Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, and Wilson are both 63, which places them in a somewhat elevated risk category from the disease COVID-19 that is caused by the coronavirus, which tends to be more serious in older individuals.
Although the disease has killed more than 4,500 people worldwide since it was first identified in December in central China, most people who become infected show either mild or no symptoms. According to the World Health Organization's latest situation report, dated March 11, there are a total of 112 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection in Australia, which has seen three deaths from the disease.