Since becoming the highest-profile couple to contract and recover from Covid-19, the Hanks family has been in the public eye more than ever. But now the veteran actor and his wife Rita Wilson have volunteered to help with medical research and turn their traumatic experience into something good.
The duo has now offered to donate their blood and plasma to help develop a vaccine for coronavirus. Tom Hanks revealed the information during an episode of the NPR podcast Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, during which he was asked whether he would be immune to the virus now that he had recovered from it.
“A lot of the questions [are] what do we do now? Is there something we can do? And, in fact, we just found out that we do carry the antibodies,” The 63-year-old also said: “We have not only been approached, but we have also said, Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?”
“In fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the ”Hank-ccine,” the Academy Award winner jovially added.
During another interview, with the National Defense Radio Show, Hanks said that while he had milder symptoms with the virus, his wife Rita suffered much more, developing a high fever and even losing her sense of smell and taste before making a full recovery.
The couple was in Australia when their tests for coronavirus came back positive. Hanks had been there filming an upcoming Elvis biopic in which he is set to play Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker before director Baz Luhrmann suspended filming due to the pandemic.