Tom Hanks And Wife Rita Wilson Test Positive For Coronavirus While In Australia
Tom Hanks has revealed he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus.
The actor, who is currently on the Gold Coast filming Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros, revealed the shock news over Instagram on Thursday.
Posting a photo of gloves in a surgical waste bin, Hanks wrote:
"Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired like we had colds, and some body aches," he began, "Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."
He continued, "Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. 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?"
Hanks recently revealed his type 2 diabetes diagnosis, which, according to the American Diabetes Association, put him at greater risks of complications when dealing with viral infections like flu, with the same likely to be true with COVID-19.
The couple's son, Chet Hanks, has publicly addressed his parents' health in a video uploaded to his Instagram account. According to the 29-year-old, "they're not even that sick."
"It's true, my parents got coronavirus. Crazy. They're both down in Australia right now 'cause my dad was shooting a movie down there."
He continued, "I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine, they're not even that sick. They're not worried about it. They're not trippin'. But they're going through the necessary health precautions, obviously.
"I don't think it's anything to be too worried about. I appreciate everyone's concern and the well wishes. But I think it's all gonna be alright."
Hanks was getting set to take on the role of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s eccentric manager, with production on the film meant to begin filming on Monday.
Following Hanks' post, Warner Bros. released a statement on the stars' diagnosis:
“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).
"We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.
"The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”
Hanks’ diagnosis has affected production filming of at Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast, but a representative for Warner Bros. Movie World said the theme park would continue to operate as normal.
"This has no impact on Warner Bros. Movie World, which will continue to operate as normal," a spokesperson for the park said in a statement. "The studios are a completely separate facility to the Theme Park, and are located at a different site, with no links to the theme park."