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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson donate blood for coronavirus vaccine

Tom Hanks revealed that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have volunteered to donate their blood for coronavirus research after recovering from the disease.  

“A lot of the question is, is what now? What do we do now? Is there something we can do? And, in fact, we just found out that we do carry the antibodies,” Hanks said on NPR’s podcast “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” last week.

“We have not only been approached, we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?’ And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the ‘Hank-ccine,’” the actor joked. 

He said he and Wilson are feeling “just fine” and “dandy” after it was reported last month that they had tested positive for the coronavirus while in Australia for a film project. They have since recovered and returned home to Los Angeles. 

Hanks said that Wilson experienced nausea from the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. The drug has previously been touted by President Trump as a possible treatment for the coronavirus, although medical professionals have indicated there is little known evidence that it works effectively for COVID-19 patients.

Hanks said that his wife “went through a tougher time than I did,” referring to the symptoms she experienced from the virus.   

“She had a much higher fever and she had some other symptoms. She lost her sense of taste and smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks … She was so nauseous she had to crawl on the floor from the bed to the facilities,” he said during an interview with the National Defense Radio Show earlier this month.

The couple has encouraged people to continue practicing social distancing and abide by recommendations from health officials.

“Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it,” Hanks said in a statement last month.

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