“Tom Hanks’ longtime publicist Leslee Dart just confirmed to me that Tom and Rita Wilson have tested positive for Coronavirus,” New York Magazine reporter Yashar Ali announced on March 11. Hanks further confirmed the news himself via Instagram.
According to Deadline, Hanks and Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 after spending time in Australia for pre-production of Baz Luhrman’s upcoming film based on Elvis Presley. While in Sydney, Rita and her husband of 31 years also took the time to take in the city’s sights.
Hanks shared the following message on Instagram after his diagnosis was announced. He wrote, “Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. 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.”
“Well, now. What to do next?” Hanks continued. “The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!” – Tom Hanks.”
Warner Bros., who’s producing the Elvis biopic starring Austin Butler in the titular role shared a separate statement: “We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).”
“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual,” the statement continued. “The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”
One Hanks and Wilson’s children, Chet Hanks, who’s currently in New Orleans, posted a video on Instagram to further update people on his parents’ diagnosis. He said it’s “crazy,” but assured the public that they’re going to be okay. Chet thanked everyone for the well-wishes and said, “They’re not even that sick. They’re not worried about it. They’re not tripping. But they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously.”
Were Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson At A Higher Risk Due To Their Age?
According to the CDC, the coronavirus is reportedly a much bigger threat to older people. Hanks, who recently accepted the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globes is 63 years old. Rita Wilson, with whom he’s been married since 1988 is also 63.
Wilson was previously diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, after which she had a double mastectomy followed up by reconstructive surgery. People with pre-existing conditions and health issues are considered to be at an even higher risk to catch coronavirus due to a low immune system. However, the CDC specifically stated this notice for those who have heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
In 2015, Wilson shared a statement to People about her diagnosis and treatment. “I feel blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors and that I am the beneficiary of advances in the field of breast cancer and reconstruction. I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health. I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right.”