Tom Hanks isn’t happy with the decision by some Americans to not wear masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, and now he’s speaking out about it.
Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were two of the first major celebrities to be infected with COVID-19. In fact, the night Hanks and Wilson announced their infection was the same night the NBA suspended its season.
Hanks said in a new interview that people need to take personal responsibility to protect others. That is to say, wear a mask.
Hanks told People magazine:
There’s really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands. Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things — I just think shame on you. ... Get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic. If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.
Hanks opened up about his experience with coronavirus as well, talking about how he and his wife, Wilson, dealt with the COVID-19 infection, according to Enterainment Weekly.
Oh, as the canaries in the coal mine for the COVID-19 experience, we are fine. We had about 10 days of very uncomfortable symptoms. Not life-threatening, we’re happy to say. We were isolated in order to keep an eye on ourselves because if our temperatures had spiked, if our lungs had filled, if any number of things had gone wrong with this, we would have needed expert medical care. We didn’t. I guess we were model recoverers from COVID-19, but we were also isolated so that we would not give it to anybody else that we came in contact with, and since then have been doing the same isolating, social distancing that is being asked of the world so, we are fine.