Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Test Positive for Coronavirus

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Tom Hanks announced Wednesday that both he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Hanks took to Instagram Wednesday with an update, telling fans that he and Rita both began noticing signs of a cold.

“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too.”

The couple, who are currently in Australia, where Tom is filming an upcoming Elvis Presley film, decided to get checked out.

“To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

The 63-year-old said he and Wilson will be following medical officials’ protocols and taking things one day at a time.

“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 closed the post by assuring that they’ll keep everyone posted and updated, and encouraged fans to “Take care of yourselves!”

Hanks has previously shared that he has Type 2 diabetes, which puts him at a greater risk of complications as a result of COVID-19.


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“Older people and people with underlying health conditions, like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, were about twice as likely to develop serious outcomes versus otherwise younger, healthier people,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a March 3 press briefing.

Both Hanks and Wilson are over the age of 60, which also puts them at a substantially higher risk than other age groups, according to experts.

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We have a hope in Jesus Christ, and amidst this time of media panic and information overload, we don’t have to fear, friends.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)

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