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  • Tom Hanks And Wife Have COVID-19, And His Statement Is A Voice Of Calm And Reason

    Tom Hanks wanted to "play things right, as is needed in the world right now."
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Award-winning Hollywood actor Tom Hanks shared on Instagram today, March 12, 2020 (Manila time) that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). They’re the first celebrities to come forward with a positive diagnosis.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. Looking at the still-increasing number of cases, which are mostly the elderly and people with underlying conditions, the Toy Story actor’s announcement, however, didn’t feel like it’s the end of days — it was just said matter-of-factly 

    “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,” Tom wrote.

    “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 actor added.

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    According to Vanity Fair, Tom is in Australia working on the production of director Baz Luhrmann’s still-untitled movie about Elvis Presley. The actor is playing The King of Rock and Roll’s iconic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

    Based on her Instagram, Rita performed in a series of shows to promote her album, Heart Unknown, in the Land Down Under, namely in Brisbane and Sydney.

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    Authorities and health professionals worldwide already have protocols in place during times like this. They know what to do from the moment someone should be monitored or investigated as a possible case to confirmation of the diagnosis and management of the disease.

    “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed,” Tom shared. He and Rita shall 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?” the actor added, before reminding everyone to take care and stay healthy.

    Tom also promised to keep everyone posted and updated about their plight.

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    We pray and hope that Tom’s next updates will be about their recovery. Everyone else should take after the actor’s cue about how to approach the disease — with calm and reason.

    As of this writing, there are now more than 118,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries and 4,291 deaths, and the numbers re likely to be higher in the coming weeks. But let’s all remember another essential statistic: More than 67,000 individuals have recovered from the disease.

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