Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced on Wednesday that they tested positive for coronavirus. Shortly after that news broke, their son, Chet, took to Instagram to share an update about his parents.
In the wake of that, it seems some people online were saying harsh words about Chet, and one in particular got told off by him.
One person wrote “[Coronavirus] PLEASE take [Chet Hanks] instead. we CANNOT lose Tom Hanks” on their Instagram Story. They tagged Chet’s Instagram handle, so he was alerted to the mention.
He then responded to the user: “F–k you, bitch.”
She quickly backed down. “Omg I’m sorry I just really really love Tom hanks,” the person responded. “Sending your family healing and love.”
“Yeah, it’s true. My parents got coronavirus. Crazy,” Chet said in his IG video on Wednesday. “They’re both down in Australia right now because my dad was shooting a movie down there.
“I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine,” he continued. “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. But I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about.”
He added the he appreciates “everyone’s concern and the well wishes but I think it’s all going to be alright but I appreciate it.”
“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!”
The CDC has also issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.