Country music singer Rita Wilson marked the anniversary of her husband and husband Tom Hanks contracting Covid-19 with a heartfelt Instagram post. The two were among the first high profile Hollywood stars to publicly release their positive diagnosis.
“A year ago today, I was playing at the Sydney Opera House @Sydney opera, the next day started to feel very tired and sore, two days later hospitalized with Covid 19, ”Wilson wrote.
The two revealed their diagnosis on March 11 last year. Wilson wrote that the couple were “grateful for the medical care we received in Queensland,” adding: “We share the grief of every person who has lost a loved one to this virus. I hope so many people can get vaccinated. “
The family did more than post on social media. Wilson and Hanks volunteered to donate blood for Covid-19 research after recovering from the disease.
The two were in Australia for the pre-production of Warner Bros. Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film. when they got sick. Two-time Oscar winner Hanks will play Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s longtime manager, in the project.
Hanks has previously said his wife has had worse with the coronavirus than he has.
“Rita has been through a tougher time than I have,” Hanks said in an interview with radio host Randy Miller. “She had a much higher fever. She had lost her sense of taste and smell. I had a lot of body aches and I was very tired, and that’s how COVID-19 went through us, ”he said.
Hanks, 63, said they were isolated in an Australian hospital for three days after testing positive for the first time. “It was relatively early in Australia’s response to the coronavirus, and they wanted us not to give it to anyone else,” he said. “That’s why we were in lockdown.”