For many, the announcement on March 11 that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson had contracted COVID-19 — news that coincided with the abrupt end of the NBA season — marked an alarming new escalation of the pandemic. Nearly four months later, the Oscar winner says he and his actress wife are “fine” — but he has some serious misgivings about how the United States has handled the crisis.
“When we were in the hospital, I said: ‘I’m 63, I have Type 2 diabetes, I had a stent in my heart — am I a red flag case?’ But as long as our temperatures did not spike, and our lungs did not fill up with something that looked like pneumonia, they were not worried. I’m not one who wakes up in the morning wondering if I’m going to see the end of the day or not. I’m pretty calm about that.”
“Oh dear! I have nothing but question marks about the official position as well as the individual choice,” he says of those refusing to wear masks and take other precautions. “There’s really only three things everyone needs to do: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. I know societally it’s been politicized, but I don’t get it, man. I don’t understand how anyone can put their foot down and say: ‘I don’t have to do my part.’”
“Well, I must say, I grew up looking to our leaders for calm and informed guidance and I don’t think we’ve got that,” Hanks told the paper.