Rita Wilson had tested positive with the novel coronavirus disease before much was known about the virus. In a recent interview, the acclaimed actress talked about her painful experience.
In March, Rita Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks, tested positive with the COVID-19. During an interview with ET via Zoom, the actress opened up about her experience finding out about her diagnosis and recovering from the illness.
When they were both diagnosed, Wilson and Hanks were in Australia. The actress said that they did not have access to a lot of American news, so they had no idea how serious the virus was.
Rita Wilson at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on February 27, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images
"First you thought, 'Oh, I've got a fever,' but the chills then added onto that," Wilson explained, adding that her body ached way more than the flu throughout the tough experience.
Wilson and Hanks were taken to a hospital where their temperatures, organs, and blood were monitored. Wilson said she had a headache that was very painful the whole time.
She hoped that everyone would take their health seriously.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images
The actress continued that she also had vertigo and lost her sense of taste and smell. At that point, her husband was not showing a symptom that people and doctors were aware of.
A week later, Wilson said she asked her doctor if it was normal that she could not taste and smell anything. After one week, she said that the doctor informed her that they had started hearing reports about similar symptoms. Wilson continued:
"So it was kind of like a compounded experience where it started out one way and things kept building and being put on top of it."
In another interview, Wilson said that when she first felt symptoms like nausea and fatigue, she initially thought it was because of jet lag and performing.
The actress did not think she would be infected because she had been careful to maintain social distancing at the time. She also sanitized surfaces and even avoid handshakes.
Wilson, who earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019, said she never wants to get the virus again. She hoped that everyone would take their health seriously.
Wilson's health is back to normal six months later. She has teamed up with the American Nurses Association's "Race to 200 Million" campaign to urge everyone to get their vaccines during flu season.
Meanwhile, Wilson recently released a song titled "What I Would Say," which carries a significant message for those with friends and family battling addiction problems.
According to the doting mother of two, she released the song because September is National Recovery Month. A year ago, she also released the song "Throw Me a Party" that was inspired by her breast cancer battle.
Wilson has been married to Hanks since 1988. The couple shares sons Chester "Chet" Hanks and Truman Hanks. Before Hanks tied the knot with Wilson, he was married to a woman named Samantha Lewes.
Hanks and Lewes were married in 1978 and stayed married for nine years. Before their divorce, the pair had two children, son Colin and daughter Elizabeth Ann.