Actor Tom Hanks, who revealed in March he and his wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with COVID-19, said both of their symptoms from the potentially fatal virus were gone in a couple of weeks. 

The Academy Award-winning actor said he and his wife also had different symptoms after they were diagnosed while in Australia, where Hanks was filming. 

“Our discomfort because of the virus was pretty much done in two weeks and we had very different reactions, and that was odd,” Hanks said in an interview with The Guardian published Monday. 


“My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes. That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway,” he added. 

Hanks revealed on March 11 that he and Wilson had tested positive for the coronavirus. He was among the first public figures to reveal he tested positive, just days before most U.S. states started mass shutdowns in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus that has now infected more than 11 million people worldwide. 

Hanks told The Guardian he and his wife became “the celebrity canaries in the coal mine of all things COVID-19.” 

The virus is still spreading worldwide and in the U.S., where coronavirus cases are spiking mainly in states across the south and west of the country. 

Hanks is urging the public to do their part to limit the spread of the virus to others. 

“There’s really only three things everyone needs to do: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. I know societally it’s been politicized, but I don’t get it, man. I don’t understand how anyone can put their foot down and say: ‘I don’t have to do my part,’” Hanks said. 


He similarly said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” that members of the public need to do their part to mitigate the spread of the virus, likening it to Americans pitching in during World War II. 

“The idea of doing one’s part should be so simple: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. That alone means you are contributing to the betterment of your house, your work, your town, your society as a whole,” Hanks said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today.”

“And it's such a small thing ... it's a mystery to me somehow that has been wiped out of what should be ingrained in the behavior of us all.” he added. “Simple things, do your part.”