‘I had crippling body aches and no concentration’: Tom Hanks describes his experience with coronavirus but admits he’s always been ‘pretty calm’ about the end of life
Tom Hanks has described his experience of coronavirus after becoming one of the first high profile stars to test positive with the disease.
The actor, 63, and his wife Rita Wilson, 63, both contracted COVID-19 in early March while Hanks was filming Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis Presley biopic in Australia.
Talking to The Guardian, the actor described his symptoms before slamming those who don’t take precautions against the virus.
Speaking out: Tom Hanks has described his experience of coronavirus after becoming one of the first high profile stars to be diagnosed with the disease
Both Tom and Rita were hospitalised for several days in Australia and then continued their recovery in quarantine, before flying home to Los Angeles where they continued to self-isolate.
Speaking about his stay in hospital, Tom explained he was initially worried about his prognosis due to underlying health conditions: ‘When we were in the hospital, I said: “I’m 63, I have type 2 diabetes, I had a stent in my heart – am I a red flag case?”‘
‘But as long as our temperatures did not spike, and our lungs did not fill up with something that looked like pneumonia, they were not worried.’
‘I’m not one who wakes up in the morning wondering if I’m going to see the end of the day or not. I’m pretty calm about that.’
Tested positive: The actor, 63, and his wife Rita Wilson, 63, both contracted COVID-19 in early March while Hanks was filming Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis Presley biopic in Australia
Tom insisted that both and he and his wife have not suffered any lasting effects from COVID-19, revealing: ‘Our discomfort because of the virus was pretty much done in two weeks and we had very different reactions, and that was odd.’
‘My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. 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 Hollywood legend recently blasted those who do not wear face coverings amid the global pandemic and he insisted he cannot understand those who don’t feel they have to do their part to help stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Responding to the worrying extent of the crisis in the US, he said: ‘Oh dear! I have nothing but question marks about the official position as well as the individual choice.’
Doing OK: Speaking about his stay in hospital, Tom explained he was intiially worried about his prognosis due to underlying health conditions
‘There’s really only three things everyone needs to do: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. I know societally it’s been politicised, but I don’t get it, man. I don’t understand how anyone can put their foot down and say: “I don’t have to do my part.”’
On President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, he added: ‘Well, I must say, I grew up looking to our leaders for calm and informed guidance and I don’t think we’ve got that.’
Hanks is currently promoting his new movie Greyhound, for which he also penned the screenplay.
Spoke out: Hank,s who was seen wearing a face covering while out with wife Rita Wilson in LA on June 7, said it’s ‘common sense’ to wear a mask and social distance during the pandemic
The film had been due for release in movie theatres in May but was pushed back to June 12 due to the coronavirus.
However, with movie theatres still shuttered in the main across the country, Apple purchased the film for streaming release on its premium subscription service.
The World War II story stars Hanks as a U.S. Navy Captain who is given command of a destroyer code-named Greyhound in his first wartime assignment.
Despite his inexperience, he finds himself in charge of an allied convoy that’s being stalked by Nazi U-Boats.
Working hard: Hanks is currently promoting his new movie Greyhound, for which he also penned the screenplay
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