Tom Hanks Says Doing One's Part Is 'So Simple' in First TV Interview Since Recovering From COVID-19

July 7, 2020

    Tom Hanks knows firsthand the effects of coronavirus and offered advice in his first television interview since recovering from COVID-19.

    During an appearance on "Today," the Oscar winner said the acts people can take to prevent spreading COVID-19 are “simple,” reported NBC News.

    "The idea of doing one's part should be so simple," Hanks said.

    "Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands," the 63-year-old added. "That alone means you are contributing to the betterment of your house, your work, your town, society as a whole and it’s such a small thing, and it’s a mystery to me how somehow that has been wiped out of what should be ingrained in the behavior of us all — simple things do your part."

    While he mentioned that he thinks “a huge majority of Americans get it,” he also doesn’t understand why some are not taking the effects of the pandemic seriously.

    "Let’s not confuse the fact, it’s killing people," Hanks said of COVID-19. "You can argue what the numbers are, it’s killing people.”

    Hanks also elaborated on the symptoms he felt from the novel virus.

    "I had body aches — crippling, crackling body aches," he said.

    Earlier this month, Hanks shared that he is not pleased with people who don’t wear face masks.

    The "Forrest Gump" star spoke about the importance of heeding the CDC’s guidelines, wearing face coverings, and social distancing.

    "There's really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands," he said.

    "Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things -- I just think shame on you,” he added.

    Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were among the first celebrities to test positive for coronavirus while doing some pre-production on a film in Australia in March.

    The duo quarantined on location and kept the public updated about their symptoms which included feeling tired and experiencing body aches.

    The couple returned to the states towards the end of March where they continued to shelter in place and practice social distancing.

    In addition to urging others to do their part in curbing the spread, the duo has been doing everything they can to aid with coronavirus research including donating plasma for science.

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