Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are now back on the dam. But after they got infected with the coronavirus, they felt pretty sick, as the Hollywood star reveals. At the same time, Hanks appeals again to the responsibility of everyone in the pandemic. Tom Hanks describes COVID 19 disease as well;
Oscar-winner Tom Hanks and actress Rita Wilson were among the first celebrities to have contracted the coronavirus. At the time, the couple were in Australia, spent three days in quarantine in a hospital, persisted in their home in isolation for another two weeks, and flew back to Los Angeles in late March. In an interview with “The Guardian”, Hanks now looks back at the time of illness.
“Today we are fine again. Our discomfort with the virus was almost gone in two weeks. We had very different reactions, which was strange,” explains the actor. His wife had lost her sense of taste and smell, suffered from severe nausea and high fever. “I only had crippling pain all over my body, was very tired and couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than twelve minutes.” But the latter corresponds a bit to its natural state anyway, jokes Hanks.
“A case with a red flag?”
“When we were in the hospital, I said: ‘I am 63 years old, have type 2 diabetes, I had a stent in my heart – am I a case with a red flag?'” Continues Hanks. But the doctors in quarantine could not have seen rising body temperatures or signs of pneumonia. When asked if he was afraid, he dismisses it. “I’m not someone who wakes up in the morning and wonders whether you will see the end of the day or not. I’m pretty relaxed about that.”
And how does he assess the US response to the virus? “The official, but also the individual behaviour only left me with question marks. There are really only three things that everyone has to do: wear a mask, keep your distance and wash your hands,” says Hanks. He had no understanding for people who believed that they did not have to make a contribution.
It is not the first time that Hanks has appealed to people’s sense of responsibility during the Corona crisis. Just a week ago, he countered those who refuse to wear a mask that they should be “ashamed”.
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