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Talking with The National Defense radio show on Thursday, the Oscar-winning actor explained how he and Wilson both suffered in different ways.
“Rita had a much tougher time than I did,” Hanks told the program, which is dedicated to active duty military, veterans and their families. “She had a much higher fever. She had lost her sense of taste and sense of smell. I had some bad body aches and fatigue.”
Although the pair are both “fine” now, Hanks said they were “locked down” in an Australian hospital for three days so they could not spread the virus.
During that time, Hanks explained, he baffled one doctor after trying to do some simple exercises that usually take him around 30 minutes, but he was “wiped” after about 10 minutes.
“She looked at me through her glasses like she was talking to the dumbest human being, and she said [sternly], ‘You have COVID-19,'” Hanks said, adding that he now realizes how silly he was being.
The actor added that he and his wife donated blood to be developed into antibodies, which he said he knew nothing about other than an old Star Trek episode where the character Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy says “antibodies” over-enunciated, which always makes him laugh.
The radio show also noted Hanks’ work with the Hidden Heroes program, which is a multiyear, multi-faceted campaign that brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solutions for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face.
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