Hollywood Reporter: Rita Wilson Avoided Air Kisses & Did Not Shake Hands at Event Weeks before Getting Coronavirus
Following Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's announcement that they had tested positive for the coronavirus, it was revealed that two weeks before getting ill, Rita was cautious about shaking hands at events.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are among the first Hollywood stars to confirm that they have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Tom made the announcement in on social media, where he revealed that they were taking a "one-day-at-a-time approach" while they recover.
Tom was joined by his wife while filming Baz Luhrmann's untitled biopic about Elvis Presley. The "Cast Away" star had landed the role of Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The news of their diagnosis must have come as a shock the couple, who, despite their widespread work schedules since the coronavirus outbreak, had been cautious about their health.
Two weeks before she was diagnosed with the disease, Rita had told The Hollywood Reporter That she was taking "cautionary measure" in limiting her physical contact with people.
Here's what Rita told me a few days ago about coronavirus at an event where she was already being careful and practicing social distancing, something that was encouraged today by LA County Department of Health director Barbara Ferrer. Rita was a trend setter! https://t.co/i36jSjCLib pic.twitter.com/H9Vho31596— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) March 12, 2020
Rita was walking the red carpet in on February 27, for the Women's Cancer Research Fund's; An Unforgettable Evening fundraiser, where she put her plan into action.
It is reported, the "Mamma Mia" star made the conscious decision not to shake hands with people during her red carpet appearance and interviews at the event.
"Many of those [coronavirus] cases are very, very close to one of the bases where we were going to be performing, so we’re going to postpone."
The couple's son, Chet Hanks, has since taken to social media to reassure fans that he had been in contact with his parents since they found out about their diagnosis.
In a video on Instagram, he said, "they both are fine, they're not even that sick." He also revealed that they are not too concerned about the condition and are taking the necessary health precautions will in isolation.