Whenever there is any kind of far-reaching tragedy or a significant public health crisis, it sometimes takes the involvement of a well-known celebrity for a large portion of the American public to fully grasp the severity of what is occurring.
In the case of the new coronavirus pandemic, that game-changing moment appears to be the announcement that Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19, the Washington Examiner reported.
Hanks, wife test positive for virus
The award-winning actor, director, and producer was in Australia with his wife while working on a movie project when the pair contracted the rapidly spreading disease.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Hanks said of himself and his wife, “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,” he continued.
Explaining what happens next, Hanks wrote, “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?”
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 12, 2020
“No crying in baseball”
Given the fact that Hanks is a widely beloved movie star, the revelation that he was infected with the coronavirus seemed to personalize the pandemic and really hit home for a lot of people.
No doubt aware of the close attention being paid to his condition, Hanks offered an update on how he and his wife are currently doing with another statement issued on Thursday, and he even made an attempt to lighten the situation by quoting a famous line from his film A League of Their Own, The Hill reported.
Hanks wrote that he and his wife “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,” he continued. “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.”
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 13, 2020
Assuming both Hanks and Wilson are otherwise in good health, odds are they will be just fine once the virus has run its course.
Hopefully, they will recover quickly and will have avoided unnecessarily exposing anyone else by faithfully adhering to all necessary containment protocols.