Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson update fans on their coronavirus recovery

By Zach Harper

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson took to Instagram early on March 13 to let fans know how they're doing after they were diagnosed with the coronavirus earlier this week.

The Oscar-winner and his Sleepless in Seattle co-star, who have been married for more than 30 years, posted the same selfie to their Instagram accounts. It sees them both gently smiling at the camera. They've been recovering from COVID-19 in Australia, where Tom was set to start pre-production on Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic.

"@ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us," Tom wrote. "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?"

Tom then amusingly signed off with a line from 1992's A League of Their Own, saying, "Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball."

Rita also shared the same image to her own account.

"So grateful for the outpouring of prayers, love and support," she wrote. "Means so much and strengthens us."

We're also happy to see Rita and Tom are finding humour in the situation.

"From here on out, the only Corona I want is from Mexico and you drink it," Rita tweeted on March 13. She also asked her followers to help her with a special endeavour as she recovers.

"Hi guys! I want to make a @Spotify playlist for people self quarantining," she wrote. "Something that might relate to isolation, perhaps? Can you send some song ideas that I can add? Also, what should we call it? Quarantine Choruses? This is what one does in quarantine. U think of stuff like this."

Of course, her fanbase came through, and she created a playlist hilariously called Quarantunes, which she shared later in the day. You can hear it below.

Tom and Rita first let the world know they'd been diagnosed with the virus on March 11, the same day the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. Tom shared a photo of a medical glove and medical garbage bag on his Instagram account in announcing the news.

"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds and some body aches," he wrote. "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? 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!"

Chet Hanks, the couple's 29-year-old son, took to Instagram to update his own followers on his parents' health on March 12. He shared a video clip in which he said his parents were "not worried" about their diagnoses, but doing everything doctors told them.

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"They're not trippin', but they're going through the necessary health precautions, obviously," he said. "But I don't think it's anything to be too worried about. I appreciate everyone's concern and the well-wishes, but I think it's going to be alright... Everybody, stay safe out there. Much love."

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, was diagnosed with coronavirus on March 12. She came down with "mild flu-like symptoms" when she returned from London, U.K. earlier this week and tested positive after going into self-isolation. Justin has also put himself in isolation for two weeks "out of an abundance of precaution," and has been working from home.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain were also tested for the coronavirus on March 12 after Letizia's meeting with a government minister who later tested positive.

As of this writing, there have been more than 132,000 people diagnosed with coronavirus in 123 countries, according to the World Health Organization. The virus has caused nearly 5,000 deaths. Canada has 138 confirmed cases.

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