Bill Burr is adding some levity to an otherwise serious situation. The comedian has never shied away from making potentially controversial jokes, and he proved that once again with a tweet over the weekend about Tom Hanks’ coronavirus diagnosis.
“I think when Tom Hanks doesn’t die, everyone is gonna chill,” he joked.
One person noted that Hanks has been through worse: “Tom Hanks survived 4 years on an island as a castaway, a year in an airport without being able to leave, got Aids in Philadelphia, was in the WW2 and rescued the soldier Ryan, in Vietnam and rescued Lieutenant Dan, was in a ship kidnapped by Somali pirate, survived in Apollo 13.”
I think when Tom Hanks doesn’t die, everyone is gonna chill.
— Bill Burr (@billburr) March 13, 2020
Hanks announced last week that he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for CORVID-19 while in Australia where he was in pre-production for the upcoming Elvis biopic.
“Hello, folks. @ritawilson 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,” he wrote on social media last Wednesday. “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?”
The A League of Their Own star made a reference to the 1992 film in an update he penned for fans on Thursday.
“Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us,” he wrote. “We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. 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”
The CDC has 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.