Tom Hanks posts positive message amid coronavirus quarantine: 'There is no crying in baseball'

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Tom Hanks says he and Rita Wilson are taking it “one day at a time” during their hospital quarantine with the coronavirus.

The Oscar winner, 63, shared an update and new photo amid concern about their health after the couple announced Wednesday that they tested positive amid the coronavirus pandemic. They have been in “hospital isolation” at the Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland, Australia, where he had been filming an Elvis Presley biopic.

“Hanx” wrote that he and Wilson “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.”

As for them, they are, “taking it one day at a time.”

He went on to say, “there are things we can all do to get through,” citing “following the advice of experts” and “taking care of ourselves and each other.”

He ended the post with a line borrowed from his film A League of Their Own, writing, “Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball.”

The photo of the couple showed them up and dressed in casual wear, including baseball caps — not in hospital gowns.

Like his initial social media post explaining they had tested positive for the coronavirus, it was flooded with positive comments, including many from celebrities. Sharon Stone wrote, “It’s hard to be the example all of the time you guys!  My heart, friendship, and compassion r w you.” Gwen Stefani wrote, “Love u both.” Sophie Turner sent a spray of hearts.

Wilson also kept it light, saying on Twitter that the only Corona she wants from now on is the beer.

Yesterday, the children of Hanks and Wilson shared updates about their parents with Colin Hanks saying, “They will make a full recovery.” Elizabeth Hanks and Chet Hanks also shared hopeful messages. (Colin and Elizabeth are from Hanks’s first marriage; Chet and Truman are the couple’s children together.)

Hanks has Type 2 diabetes, something first shared in 2013. People over 60 and those with chronic medical conditions — including diabetes — are at a higher risk of experiencing complications and getting very sick from the coronavirus.

The actor has been in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film, which will see Hanks playing Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Warner Bros. said it was “working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with” Hanks related to the production.

Wilson — a musician in addition to actor — played gigs at the Sydney Opera House and in Brisbane. So those venues were also tracking the hundreds of people who may have been in contact with the couple.

The couple also visited busy Bondi Beach over the weekend. Just days later, Hanks said, “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.”

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