Tom Hanks not doing great after coronavirus diagnosis, says sister: 'He's an actor, not a god'
Tom Hanks's sister got candid about her brother's coronavirus diagnosis and shared that he is "not great but still okay". The beloved movie star and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the virus in Australia.
Hanks had taken to Twitter on March 12 to announce that he and his wife Rita had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The two were discharged from a hospital in Australia on March 17 and have put themselves in isolation.
Hanks, 63, has been keeping his fans and followers updated on his condition after being discharged from the hospital. He and his wife moved into a rented house in order to self-isolate and Hanks later shared that he and Rita were taking a 'one day at a time approach'.
Hanks' sister Sandra Hanks Benoiton said, "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." Sandra had moved to Italy along with her family in 2016 and is on lockdown as the country battles the COVID-19 outbreak.
"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 told Daily Mail. "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."
Hanks and his wife Rita, also 63, had taken to social media to announce that they had tested positive for the virus and had symptoms such as tiredness, chills, body aches and slight fever. The pair shared a picture of themselves and an update on their condition.
Hanks had written, "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?"
It was also reported that the couple will remain in self-quarantine until they are advised otherwise by medical experts and professionals. Hanks had been in Australia to do some pre-production work on a biopic about singer Elvis Presley.