Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson recovering well a week after testing positive for coronavirus: 'Feeling better each day'
The statement from the actor's rep came a day after his sister Sandra Hanks Benoiton said that despite not feeling "great" the actor was coping with the situation
Taking a "one day at a time approach" seems to be working for Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson as they continue on their path to recovery, a week after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
“Tom and Rita are doing very well and continue to recover,” Hanks’ rep Leslee Dart told People magazine. “Their recovery is very much on course for healthy adults with this virus. They are feeling better each day.”
The statement came a day after the 'Forest Gump' star's sister Sandra Hanks Benoiton said that she had a talk with her brother and despite not feeling "great," the actor was coping with it. "I have communicated with my brother. He's not great, but still okay. (Am I) shocked? No. He's an actor, not a god (but) medical care in Australia is good," she said.
She also updated on her own condition, as she continues to live in Italy after moving there in 2016 with her family. The European country remains on lockdown as it battles an alarming number of coronavirus cases, and whose death toll has even surpassed China, where the first case of the virus was reported.
"We're okay here... staying home is fine with us, and this community is wonderful. I'm lucky to be here, the spirit of the people is amazing! The US and the UK are failing miserably, however," Sandra said. "I'm in Pordenone province, about an hour north of Venice. The lockdown is until April 3... so far. We'll see what happens next."
After traveling to Australia to do some pre-production work on a biopic about singer Elvis Presley, Hanks, 63, had taken to Twitter and Instagram on March 11 to announce that he and his wife Rita had been diagnosed with the virus.
“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,” Hanks wrote in the post. “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 two were discharged from a hospital in Australia on March 17 and have put themselves in isolation. They continue to live in self-quarantine in their house. Hanks has been keeping his fans and followers updated on his condition after being discharged from the hospital.
"Hello folks. 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. 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?" he wrote in the caption of a picture of the pair the actor shared on social media.
The couple said that they will remain in self-quarantine until they are advised otherwise by medical experts and professionals.