Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Share Health Update After Coronavirus Diagnosis


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are checking in with fans after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this week.

The married couple, who remain in isolation in Australia, where they first contracted the wide-spreading disease, provided a hopeful health update on their condition along with a selfie of the pair from Down Under last night (March 12).

"Hello folks. Rita Wilson 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," Hanks shares in the message. "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?"

Before being officially diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus) on Wednesday (March 11), Hanks revealed he and his wife had fallen ill with strange symptoms. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” he wrote at the time. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too.”

Hanks is in Australia with his wife for pre-production work on the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic in which he stars as the late rocker’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. In light of the news, the studio behind the movie, Warner Bros., addressed coronavirus concerns on set, assuring “the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”

The duo’s children have also spoken out about their parents’ diagnoses, thanking fans for sending well wishes.

According to the World Health Organization, Australia has more than 120 confirmed cases of coronavirus. As yet, the disease, which has reached the pandemic level, has globally killed over 4,700 people — including at least 40 deaths in the United States — and infected 130,000.

To keep up to date on the latest news about the coronavirus and to understand what you need to stay safe and healthy, check out the Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction podcast from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.