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Tom Hanks Donates Blood Plasma for COVID-19 Vaccine Research

Lois Oladejo
May 01, 2020
01:30 P.M.
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Hollywood star Tom Hanks continues with the fight against COVID-19 as he volunteered in donating his blood plasma for research.

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Fans and other celebrities were thrown into turmoil after news got out that star actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, contracted the novel coronavirus.

However, the virus has run its course, and the couple can confidently say that they are COVID-19 free!

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson attend Valentino's 40th Anniversary on November 17, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson attend Valentino's 40th Anniversary on November 17, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images

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PLASMA DONATIONS

Following their recovery, the star couple made it tentative to contribute towards battling the pandemic by donating their blood plasmas for medical study. Tom shared a photo indicating that he already donated. He wrote:

"Here's last weekend's bag of plasma…"

Wilson followed suit with her post on Instagram, giving fans a peek of what went down at the medical center. In her caption, the actress explained to fans how the medical procedures played out.

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LIFE AFTER COVID-19

At the time the Hollywood couple got infected, they were in Australia, and they had to stay back for the virus to run its course. Now, the duo is back home, and Tom shared that he and Wilson were doing "just" fine.

But the "Watch What Happens: Live!" anchor was prohibited because he is gay.

The 63-year-old also talked about their symptoms in weeks leading up to final recovery. Hanks explained: "We had all of the flu-like symptoms. My wife, Rita, was a little worse off than me. She had a very high temperature..."

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THE COUPLE'S INITIAL PLIGHT

Back in March, the power couple opened up on the state of their health in an Instagram post while informing fans that they tested positive for the virus.

At the time, Hanks assured the public that they were doing fine and going on with their regular activities.

The star also talked about some of their symptoms before they took the test. Tom listed tiredness, cold, body aches, and slight fever, among others. The actor added that he and Rita were in isolation according to safety rules.

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A CLAUSE IN PLASMA DONATION

Just like the Hanks, Andy Cohen has also recovered from COVID-19, and as it is that most recovered patients are urged to make plasma donations for antibodies, Cohen obliged.

But the "Watch What Happens: Live!" anchor was prohibited because he is gay. Cohen explained that after he informed the medical officials that he was gay, the TV star was told he couldn't make a donation.

This is so because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a level of restriction on blood transfusion from gay men to reduce the risk of underlying blood diseases.

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