Tom Hanks Asks Americans to ‘Wear a Mask, Social Distance, Wash Your Hands’

Actor Tom Hanks appeared on the TODAY show where he recalled his bout with COVID-19, and asked Americans to do their part in combating the deadly virus that has killed over 130,000 people in the U.S.:

The idea of doing one’s part should be so simple: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. That alone means you are contributing to the betterment of your house, your work, your town, your society as a whole.

Hanks described the symptoms he and his wife Rita Wilson experienced when they had the coronavirus in March to The Guardian:

Our discomfort because of the virus was pretty much done in two weeks and we had very different reactions, and that was odd. My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes. That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway…

When we were in the hospital, I said: “I’m 63, I have type 2 diabetes, I had a stent in my heart – am I a red flag case?” But as long as our temperatures did not spike, and our lungs did not fill up with something that looked like pneumonia, they were not worried. I’m not one who wakes up in the morning wondering if I’m going to see the end of the day or not. I’m pretty calm about that.

(Sources: TODAYShow/Twitter, The Guardian)

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