Rita Wilson is reflecting on this time last year when she and husband Tom Hanks were diagnosed with coronavirus.
The couple, both 64, were in Australia when they started to feel ‘very tired and achy,’ and were hospitalized two days later.
Wilson shared more details of that scary period in their lives in an Instagram post, saying ‘I want to take a moment to say how grateful we are for our health.’
A year later: Rita Wilson, 64, reflects on she and husband Tom Hanks’ coronavirus diagnosis one year later, after the pair were hospitalized in Australia after testing positive
‘One year ago today I was playing the Sydney Opera House, the next day started feeling very tired and achy, two days later hospitalized with Covid 19.
‘I want to take a moment to say how grateful we are for our health, how thankful we are for the medical care we got in Queensland, and that we share in the sorrow of each person who lost a loved one to this virus.
She added ‘I’m hopeful for so many being able to get the vaccine,’ while saying she feels blessed that music has carried her through this fraught year and has been ‘very healing.’
Last year on March 11, Hanks first shared the news of their positive diagnosis via Instagram.
Hospital care: The celebrity couple were put in medical isolation at Gold Coast University Hospital for two weeks to prevent them from spreading it to others, Hanks revealing Wilson’s symptoms were worse than his
Sustenance: Though Wilson had no taste or smell, Hanks had Instagrammed a photo of vegemite on toast from their hospital stint last year writing ‘Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other’; pictured March 15, 2020
‘We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive,’ he shared.
They were the first high-profile celebrities to have a positive diagnosis when so much about the the virus was still unknown, and they were forced to quarantine in Queensland where Hanks was filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley movie.
In an interview with National Defense Radio Show Hanks revealed the severity of Wilson’s symptoms, which were worse than his. ‘Rita went through a tougher time than I did. She had a much higher fever and she had some other symptoms. She lost her sense of taste and smell,’ he shared.
The Forrest Gump actor also shared that her side-effects from the hydroxychloroquine — which was administered due to her high fever — caused her such extreme nausea that she had ‘to crawl on the floor from the bed to the facilities.’
Hollywood hit: Wilson and Hanks were the first high-profile celebrities to have a positive diagnosis when so much about the the virus was still unknown, and they were forced to quarantine in Queensland where Hanks was filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley movie; pictured May 2019
Wilson — who had also survived breast cancer — spoke to Hoda Kotb and Jenna Hager on TODAY a month after the hospital stint as she shared how having cancer helped prepare her for COVID-19.
‘You hear stories, and you think, “That happens to someone out there,” and I had said to Tom after having had cancer that I don’t think that things happen to other people. They can happen to you, too,’ she shared.
She continued: ‘So, I had mentioned that to him. I said, “You know, we could get coronavirus. There’s nothing to say that we shouldn’t get it,” and two days later, we were diagnosed positive.’
Other celebrities who tested positive for the relentless virus include Idris Elba, Andy Cohen, The Rock, Colton Underwood (The Bachelor), Zoey Deutch, Lena Dunham, and the late Nick Cordero.
On guard: Wilson spoke to TODAY a month after the hospital stint where she reflected on surviving breast cancer, which gave her new perspective that the coronavirus could ‘happen to the too,’ and two days later she and Hanks tested positive; pictured February 2020