Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were spotted by paparazzi in Los Angeles, confirming that the couple have returned to the United States after having been quarantined for some time in Australia due to the novel coronavirus, People Magazine reports.
Hanks and Wilson seemed to have smiles on their faces as a photographer from the BACKGRID agency snapped them driving through the City of Angels in an SUV. Both were dressed casually and were wearing sunglasses, with Hanks appearing in a baseball cap.
As reported at the time by The Inquisitr, back on March 11, Hanks posted on Facebook that he and his wife had both tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. Specifically, Hanks wrote that he and Wilson had been experiencing flu-like symptoms, including chills and fever. They decided that they had best get tested for COVID-19.
Hanks’ post at that time even contained an Easter egg of sorts for his fans. The actor often posts images of lost items — such as hats, gloves, and scarves that he finds in his travels — with a funny caption. As an apparent nod to his running social media joke, he posted a photo of a medical glove falling out of a trash bin.
At the time, Hanks was the first major celebrity to have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Since then, multiple others have been diagnosed with the illness, including Idris Elba, Floyd Cardoz, and Harvey Weinstein.
As for Hanks, at the time of his diagnosis, he was in Australia. There, he was working on an upcoming and untitled Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis Presley movie, one in which Hanks plays Presley’s friend and manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Wilson, for her part, was also getting some work done while in Australia. Wilson is a singer and had done a couple of concert dates while in the country.
During their recovery, Hanks posted updates about how things were going. Just a few days ago, Hanks and Wilson issued a joint statement.
“Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” they wrote at the time.
Hanks went on to recommend that his fans practice social-distancing guidelines and stay at home, reminding readers that social distancing is the best way to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the status of Hanks’ movie project remains unclear. The film is in pre-production, which means that it has not yet begun principal photography. What’s more, movie productions have been shuttered across the globe until further notice as the world waits out the pandemic.