Recently, Tom Hanks sat down with The Guardian to discuss the battle that he and wife, Rita Wilson, endured when they both tested positive for COVID-19.
They contracted the virus while Hanks was shooting a movie in Australia.
Hanks and Wilson are both fine now and haven’t had felt any symptoms since but Hanks recalls that they each experienced the virus differently.
“My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did,” Hanks recalled. “I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes. That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway.”
The discomfort lasted for two weeks according to Hanks.
Since their recovery, Hanks has been vocal in the importance of wearing masks and social distancing.
“Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things – I just think shame on you,” he said. “… Get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic. If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.”