Tom Hanks Says He Perplexed Australian Doctor by Exercising Amid COVID-19 Battle

Tom Hanks detailed the symptoms he experienced after contracting COVID-19 and even joked on how his actions had a member of the medical staff look at him like he is "the dumbest human being."

In a recent interview with "The National Defense Radio Show," Tom Hanks elaborated on his journey to recovery in Australia, after he and wife Rita Wilson both contracted the respiratory illness. 

RITA HAD A HARDER TIME THAN TOM

While Tom experienced "some body aches " and felt "very fatigued," he shared how Rita went through a much "tougher time" than he had.

The 63-year-old actor recalled that his wife had lost both her sense of smell and taste "for the better part of three weeks," and added that she struggled with nausea on top of having a much-higher fever than he experienced.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrives at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrives at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images.

The couple contracted COVID-19 while in Australia, and they ended up spending three days in lockdown in a local hospital. Despite Tom's attempts at simple exercises, he could barely find the energy to do them.

TOM RECALLS A FUNNY MOMENT

Twelve minutes into doing simple stretches, Tom felt completely "wiped," and he informed a member of the medical team of his failed attempt when she came into his pressurized room the check up on his condition. 

“And she looked at me through her glasses like she was talking to the dumbest human being. And she said, ‘You have COVID-19,’” Tom joked.

After being released from the hospital in Australia, the couple went into self-isolation for two weeks before they flew back to Los Angeles - where they continued to isolate themselves.

RITA'S EXPERIENCE

Detailing her experience during a chat with Gayle King for "CBS This Morning," Rita said that her symptoms included "chills like [she's] never had before." 

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the premiere of his film "Cast Away" December 7, 2000, in Los Angeles, CA. | Source: Getty Images.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the premiere of his film "Cast Away" December 7, 2000, in Los Angeles, CA. | Source: Getty Images.

Nine days into the disease, Rita said that her fever came close to 102 degrees, and added that she and Tom are now waiting to hear whether the blood they donated have formed antibodies which can be used to help others infected with the virus.

Because they are now immune to the disease, Tom and Rita also donated plasma that can be given to other people suffering from the debilitating virus. 

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HOW BEING SICK AT THE SAME TIME HELPED

According to Rita, the fact that she and Tom contracted the novel coronavirus at the same time, made life easier for them both.

“We were taking care of each other instead of having the pressure of taking care of one person, and no one taking care of you or understanding that the person at home needs a break,” Rita told The Guardian. “We were fortunate we were in a place where we understood what the other was going through.”

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images.

BACK IN THE SADDLE

Tom Hanks already made his return to television, when he hosted an episode of "Saturday Night Live" earlier this month.

Looking swanky with his new bald look, Tom appeared to be in high spirits as he cracked a few jokes, including a veiled stab at Bill Cosby, noting that he became like America's dad no one wants to be around.

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