Tom Hanks on coronavirus: 'Thanks to the helpers'
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Tom Hanks is delivering a Mr. Rogers-inspired thanks as he and his wife battle the coronavirus.

The 63-year-old actor — who was nominated for an Academy Award for playing iconic children's entertainer Fred Rogers in last year's "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" — tweeted to his more than 16 million followers on Sunday:


The "helpers" reference is a nod to a quote from the iconic children's entertainer, who died in 2003.


In times of disaster, Rogers said, "My mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"

Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, revealed last week that they tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, while working on a film project in Australia.

The performer said he and Wilson were in isolation so they would "not spread it to anyone else."

It's not the first time Hanks has made a reference to one of his famed films while giving an update on his health.

In a Twitter post last week, Hanks repeated a classic line from his 1992 movie, "A League of Their Own."

"Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball," Hanks wrote.

In the United States, more than 3,700 people are confirmed to have the coronavirus, and roughly 70 people have died from the disease as of Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.