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Tom Hanks released from hospital, isolating at home after coronavirus treatment

Tom Hanks at the "Sully" red carpet premiere in Japan. (Dick Thomas Johnson/Wikimedia Commons)
March 17, 2020

Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are now self-isolating at their home after they were released from an Australian hospital following treatment for coronavirus.

“They’re out of the hospital. They’re still self-quarantined, obviously, but they’re feeling better, so that’s a relief,” their son, Chet Hanks, said in an Instagram video.


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Hanks and Wilson, both 63-year-old actors, had tested positive for the coronavirus last week.

He had posted a March 11 social media update, which 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.”

“The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed,” Hanks added. “We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires.”

Hanks is currently in Australia for the filming of a movie centered on music legend Elvis Presley.

“Rita Wilson 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,” Hanks said in a March 12 update.

“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.”

On Sunday, Hanks tweeted, “Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.”

On Friday, Wilson tweeted, “From here on out, the only Corona I want is from Mexico and you drink it.”

According to John Hopkins University data, there are currently 452 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia as of Tuesday morning. Five Australians have died, and 23 have recovered from the virus.