It’s nice to hear about self-isolation actually ending, isn’t?
Forest Gump star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have returned to their Los Angeles home following two weeks in isolation after they both contracted COVID-19 in Australia.
The Hollywood pair were snapped driving in L.A. on Friday (27th March) with smiles on their faces as they returned to their California home after two weeks in isolation.
The 63-year-old Oscar winner was filming Baz Luhrmann’s hotly-anticipated biopic about Elvis Presley in Australia when he and his wife started feeling unwell and exhibiting symptoms of the virus plaguing the world right now.
On 11th March 2020, the couple took to Instagram to announce that they had both tested positive for the coronavirus and as result, were self-isolating in Australia for a fortnight (as per global recommendations).
Hanks told his fans:
“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches.
“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.”
Since they made their diagnosis public, the pair have been keeping spirits raised by encouraging their fans to stay at home and maintain a sensible social distance from others, via social media.
As they made arrangements to leave the hospital and go into isolation, Hanks wrote the follows message to his fans:
“Hello folks, @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else.
“There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness.
“We are taking it one-day-at-a-time.
“There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no?
“Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball.”
I know it’s really basic and shallow to say so, but the worldwide severity of the coronavirus – as a global pandemic – really didn’t hit me until I found out that it claimed Tom f*cking Hanks. I know that’s quite an admission for a journalist, but when you work in this industry you tend to not take much at face value until it screams in your face and kicks you in the balls, simultaneously. Prior to that, you numb your emotions – you have to.
And finding out that f*cking Tom Hanks – one of the first major celebrities (and an icon from my childhood) to contract the illness – had tested positive f0r COVID-19 was a real mic-drop moment. I remember thinking: “F*ck, this is VERY real and everyone across the world is at risk.”
As per, Hanks has proven he’s nothing short of a class-act all the way. I imagine if the likes of Gemma Collins and Charlotte Crosby get COVID-19 and start taking to Instagram to document their experience, it’ll be a somewhat different experience.
Images via Getty and Instagram
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