Tom Hanks donates blood plasma for #Covid-19 research
Truly, what a guy.
Tom Hanks is donating his blood plasma to Covid-19 research.
The Captain Phillips actor and wife Rita Wilson tested positive for coronavirus in March while Hanks was working in Australia.
The couple have recovered from the virus and have since been told that they are immune.
Hanks shared a photo of his donated blood plasma this week on social media. He hopes that the donation will help in the rush to find and develop a vaccine for Covid-19.
“Here's last week's bag of plasma," he said. "Such a bag! After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap.”
Hanks and Wilson tested positive for Covid-19 in March while Hanks was shooting Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.
The pair received treatment and were quarantined before returning to the US, where they have since enrolled in a new study to determine whether their blood plasma will be useful in the research involved in developing a vaccine.
Hanks has since joked that his plasma could lead to the creation of a 'Hank-ccine.' Like vaccine, but with Hanks. Get it?
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Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
Hanks announced that he and his wife had contracted the virus on March 12.
Describing their symptoms and next steps, he said that they would be adhering to public health and safety requirements and isolating for as long as necessary.
"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too," he wrote.
"To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.
"We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?"