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Tom Hanks says he and Rita Wilson are feeling 'better' two weeks after coronavirus diagnosis: 'This, too, shall pass'

Having first-hand knowledge of "sheltering in place," Tom Hanks also reiterated what it actually meant so that his followers and other readers can practice proper self-quarantine
UPDATED MAR 23, 2020
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In the latest update regarding their health, two weeks after getting diagnosed with the coronavirus that has currently forced multiple countries to take extreme measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease, actor tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have informed fans that they were feeling "better" as they continue on their path to recovery.

The latest update came in the form of a statement posted on the 'Forest Gump' star's Twitter page. Having first-hand knowledge of "sheltering in place," he also reiterated what it actually meant so that his followers and other readers can practice proper self-quarantine.

“Sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone – You don’t get it from anyone. Common sense, no?” Hanks wrote on Sunday, March 22.

"Going to take a while, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts…this, too, shall pass. We can figure this out.”

After traveling to Australia to do some pre-production work on a biopic about singer Elvis Presley, the 63-year-old actor had taken to multiple social media platforms on March 11 to announce that he and his wife 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.”

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

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 and will do so till they are advised otherwise by medical professionals. Hanks has been keeping his fans and followers updated on his condition since 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. 

His sister, Sandra Hanks Benoiton, however, refused to belittle her brother's health situation as she 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. 

Before Sunday, an update from Hanks’ rep Leslee Dart assured his fans that despite the actor's advanced age — which aligned him with the 'at risk' group when it comes to the virus — Hanks was recovering as well as any healthy adult who had been infected. 

“Tom and Rita are doing very well and continue to recover,” Dart told People magazine. “Their recovery is very much on course for healthy adults with this virus. They are feeling better each day.”