Following the announcement that Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have contracted the coronavirus in Australia, Hanks’ Toy Story co-star, Tim Allen, is sending him well wishes. And also cracking a joke at his expense.
Allen, who voices the Buzz Lightyear character in the movie franchise, tweeted, “I told Tom and Rita that Buzz offered a couple of spacesuits if they need them.
Seriously rest up and get well!” He also posted an image of Buzz.
I told Tom and Rita that Buzz offered a couple of spacesuits if they need them.
Seriously rest up and get well! pic.twitter.com/tsmxbS8IZk
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) March 12, 2020
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. 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,” Hanks wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.
He continued, “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? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”
On Wednesday night, Tom’s oldest son and fellow actor, Colin, tweeted an update on his dad.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone. My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances,” he wrote. “Despite the fact I’m in L.A. and haven’t seen them in over three weeks, we have been in constant contact and am confident that they will make a full recovery.”
Tom and Rita’s younger son, Chet, also shared an update in an Instagram video.
“Wassup everyone. Yea, its true my parents got coronavirus. Crazy,” he said.
“They’re both down in Australia right now ’cause my dad was shooting a movie down there. I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine. They’re not even that sick. They’re not worried about it. They’re not trippin’ but they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously.
“I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about,” he concluded. “I appreciate everyone’s concern and the well wishes. I think it’s all going to be alright. I appreciate it. Everybody stay safe out there. Much love.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the CDC had confirmed 938 cases in the U.S. with 29 deaths across 39 states and D.C.