OK, folks, things are getting a little more scary out there. Tom Hanks, star of “Saving Private Ryan,” “Forrest Gump,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Sully,” “Toy Story” 1-4, “Apollo 13” and at least a dozen of our other favorite movies, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, and is now in quarantine.
Tom and his wife Rita Wilson traveled to Australia as Hanks prepared to begin production on director Baz Luhrman’s new “Elvis” movie. Tom is set to portray Army veteran Elvis Presley’s notorious manager Colonel Tom Parker, a man whose own immigration issues kept him from ever leaving the USA.
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia,” Mr. Hanks said in a statement. “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.”
Hanks added that they “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.”
Tom Hanks has been open about the fact that he suffers from type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes face greater risk from viral infections and should take extra care in dealing with the cornonavirus.