'Common sense': Tom Hanks issues warning after testing positive for coronavirus

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Tom Hanks has given fans an update on how he and his wife, Rita Wilson, are coping since being diagnosed with the coronavirus. 

The 63-year-old actor is currently recovering from COVID-19 in a Gold Coast rental property and he urged his fans to keep their distance from each other in a bid to fight the virus. 

Tom Hanks has warned others to use their common sense and stay at home. Photo: Instagram/Tom Hanks

“Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” Tom wrote on Twitter.

 “Sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone — You don’t get it from anyone. Common sense, no?”

“Going to take awhile, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts… this, too, shall pass,” the actor wrote. “We can figure this out.”

Tom’s statement comes just a few days after the famous actor’s sister revealed he wasn’t doing great in quarantine. 

Tom Hanks' sister, Sandra Hanks Benoiton, said she had been in touch with her brother, before adding he was still under the weather.

“I have communicated with my brother. He's not great, but still okay,” she told Daily Mail.

“He's an actor, not a god,” she said, adding her appreciation for the medical care in Australia.

Sandra is Tom’s eldest sibling, and is currently living in Italy with her family. She moved there in 2016, and remains in lockdown herself.

The actor posted the statement to his Twitter account. Photo: Twitter/Tom Hanks

Tom and Rita have been active online updating their followers on their symptoms and the recovery process, with Tom previously taking to his social media to say: “Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs,” Tom started his message on Wednesday.

“Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch. Bad news: My wife @ritawilson has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points.

“But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick. I travelled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve. Hanx.

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