Hanks, wife tweet G'day as they weather coronavirus Down Under

The Detroit News

A day after one of Hollywood's biggest superstars announced he and his wife had contracted coronavirus, he tweeted out thanks to Australians and posted a photo of the dressed-down pair.

"Hello folks. Rita Wilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us," he tweeted Thursday night.

"... There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts  and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx"

A photo showed Hanks with his arm around Rita, minus the trappings of celebrity. Both wore T-shirts and baseball caps, both appearing a bit pale.

Hanks, the beloved actor and two-time Oscar winner, and his wife, Rita Wilson, are in Australia and were feeling tired, "like we had colds, and some body aches," he reported Wednesday on social media.

"Rita had some chills that came and went," he tweeted Wednesday night. "Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

"Well, now. What to do next? The medical officials have protocols that must be followed. 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?"

In 2013, Hanks disclosed that he has type 2 diabetes. 

Hanks also posted his message on social media with an image of a surgical glove in a garbage can. He signed off saying: “Take care of yourselves!”

Variety, the show business trade publication, said the couple, both 63, were Down Under for the production of Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis Presley movie. 

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.