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Tom Hanks’ Coronavirus Diary is a Common Sense Guide to Staying In

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Tom Hanks. Photo: Shutterstock

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been in quarantine with coronavirus for two weeks now. In those 14 days, he’s managed to ignite a worldwide Vegemite debate and win the award for the most “keep calm and carry on” approach yet. The Oscar winner and his wife – who were diagnosed with the virus while filming Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic in Australia – have certainly been focusing on the positives while in self-isolation together. “Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” he tweeted to his fans, offering solace to those feeling anxious about the virus.

“Sheltering in a place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone – you don’t get it from anyone,” he weighed in on the social-distancing rules. “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 this out.”

Hanks has also been using his time in quarantine wisely. The award-winning actor has been “folding the laundry”, “doing the dishes”, taking naps, and, of course, learning “not to spread my Vegemite so thick.” He has also been playing games with Wilson. “My wife has won six straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points,” he said.

Life will never be the same for the published author who lovingly brought his typewriter to Australia with him (to knock out his second book, perhaps?) “I travelled here with a typewriter, one I used to love,” he tweeted while sharing a photo of his machine, called Corona. If anyone can see the funny side, it’s Hanks.

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