Tom Hanks shares coronavirus update while under isolation in Australia: 'Thanks to the helpers'

Tom Hanks announced last week that he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo: REUTERS/Monica Almeida)

Tom Hanks appears to be keeping his spirits up while being quarantined in Australia amid the coronavirus outbreak. The 63-year-old actor announced last week that he and wife both tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in hospital isolation and the shutting down of his latest film production, an Elvis Presley biopic.

Days after assuring fans that he and Wilson are “taking it one day at a time,” the Oscar winner has shared another update. On Sunday he posted a photo of his very Australian snack — two pieces of toasted slathered with Vegemite and surrounded by stuffed kangaroo and koala bear toys — while sending a note of gratitude to the “helpers.” (Fred Rogers, whom Hanks recently played in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, famously once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”)

“Thanks to the helpers,” he wrote. “Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.”

Two of the star’s sons, actor Colin Hanks and rapper Chet Haze, have told well-wishers than Hanks and Wilson are expected to recover. Wilson, meanwhile, kept herself busy over the weekend by crowd-sourcing suggestions for a “Quarantunes” playlist featuring on-brand songs like “U Can’t Touch This.”

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