Amidst President Trump’s aggressive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Tom Hanks and his actress-singer wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by the actor on Wednesday.
The celebrity couple were in Australia filming an Elvis Presley biopic when they began to feel unusually tired, with colds, body aches and slight fevers. “To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive,” Hanks said.
The 63-year-old actor noted that both he and his wife will be isolated and observed for however long is needed.
“Not much more to it than a one-day-a-time approach, no?” Hanks added.
While the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people – it can cause severe illness, such as pneumonia, for others, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems.
Still, a large majority of people recover from it. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness usually recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe symptoms may take three to six weeks to recover.