Actor and American icon Tom Hanks gave one of his first positive updates more than two weeks after being diagnosed with CoVid-19, or Coronavirus, saying that he is improving.
This positive update comes as a relief due to last week’s dreary check-in which left fans somewhat disheartened:
“One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs,” he wrote according to Cheat Sheet. “Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.”
The star is quarantined in Australia with wife Rita Wilson, where the pair were both tested and found to have the highly contagious CoVid-19.
“Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” Hanks wrote. “Sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone – You don’t get it from anyone. Common sense, no? Going to take awhile, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts… this, too, shall pass. We can figure it out. Hanx.”
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 23, 2020
Hanks initial announcement about his condition came as a shock to his many fans in America who were saddened to hear about the star’s condition”
“Hello, folks. [Wilson] and I are down here in Australia,” Hanks wrote on March 11. “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, however, has attempted to keep his spirits up by encouraging his fans, asking them to look for the “helpers” in the world today.
Hanks recently played the part of Fred Rogers, a television personality who had a program for young children, encouraging them to develop positive personal and social skills. Rogers program made an impact on people of all ages, however, and his passing was felt in a personal way by many.
The late Rogers was known to talk about his mother admonishing him to “look for the helpers” during times of crisis, which appears to be what Hanks as referencing in his post.
“You will always find people who are helping,” Rogers said according to Fox News. “To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
The image showed the spread on toast with water, along with Hanks’ “helpers,” in the form of some nationally loved animals from Australia.
“Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other,” the photo’s caption read.