“Every time I moved around I felt like something was cracking inside,” he said.
Hanks and his wife,Rita Wilson, were two of the first major celebrities to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in March when the coronavirus pandemic was just beginning to infect the United States. The two were diagnosed in Australia where they were beginning production on an Elvis Presley biopic, as I wrote for Deseret.com.
The couple recovered from the virus. But the experiences of the diagnosis still stick with Hanks.
COVID-19 gave him “bone-crushing fatigue,” he said.
Wilson experienced a high fever, headaches and lost her sense of smell and taste.
Hanks said he’s unsure if he’s immune to the virus. He said he doesn’t know how he became infected, either.
“No one really knows what the X factor is,” he said.
Earlier this month, Hanks spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his experience with the coronavirus.
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.
Hanks told People magazine he was unsure why people wouldn’t wear masks to battle the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was disappointed in those who don’t wear coverings, as I wrote for Deseret.com.
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.