Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have returned to the United States from Australia, where they were in isolation after they both contracted the new coronavirus. Hanks was on location for Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film when he tested positive for the contagious virus. He posted to Twitter on Saturday, noting that the duo were now home, and encouraging fans to keep practicing social distancing and shelter in place where possible:
“Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA,” he wrote. “And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it.”
Hanks and Wilson were two of the first American celebrities to be diagnosed with the new coronavirus. (Other celebrities who have since been diagnosed include Idris Elba, Prince Charles, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.) “We Hanks will 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?” he revealed on Instagram earlier this month, in his characteristically soothing manner.
Hanks helped the public stay abreast of their health with good-humored updates: In one, he joked that “there is no crying in baseball.” In another, he sparked gentle debate over his use of the Australian condiment Vegemite, then good-naturedly acknowledged his error in a subsequent post. In his most recent dispatch, the actor evoked his recent role of Mr. Rogers, noting, “If we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts…this, too, shall pass.”