Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are back in the USA!
But even though the couple are out of quarantine following their battle with COVID-19, they’re still practicing their self-isolation routine.
Following their coronavirus diagnosis and treatment in Australia, Tom and Rita were released from a Queensland hospital on March 16. Afterward, they continued to self-isolate in their rental home there.
They had been down under for a biopic about singer Elvis Presley. In the Baz Luhrmann film, Tom Hanks will play Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. However, the project is currently suspended due to Tom’s diagnosis.
“The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world,” Warner Bros. said in a statement.
Now, Tom and Rita have returned home stateside.
The couple drove around L.A. on Friday as they were spotted by photographers. It has been two weeks since the Hollywood couple revealed their coronavirus diagnosis.
Tom wore a gray t-shirt, sunglasses, and a baseball cap as he drove. Rita sat in the passenger seat of the SUV. Both were all smiles.
On Saturday, Tom Hanks took to Twitter to give his first health update since returning. He says that he and Rita will continue to self-isolate.
“Hey, folks… We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing,” the actor tweeted.
“Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA,” Tom continued. “And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx.”
Tom’s message is a very important one.
The virus has potentially deadly consequences for some individuals. Besides, even those who do not pass from the effects may still suffer long-lasting health issues, or even struggle to cover the cost of treatment. Those facing the greatest risk, like the elderly and the immunocompromised, are already finding themselves struggling to cover insulin, humira medicare cost, and even high deductibles.
Tom’s tweet stands as an important reminder. Everyone needs to continue practicing social distancing and sheltering in place to help control the spread of the potentially deadly virus — even those who may have already recovered.