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Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson To Give Blood To COVID-19 Research

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson To Give Blood To COVID-19 Research
April 27, 2020 - 21:45 / Lucas Anderson

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have volunteered to donate blood and plasma to COVID-19 research. The beloved couple has now recovered from the disease, and is doing their part to help out! Get the full story below...

Fortunately, married couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson belong to our list of celebrities who have recovered from the coronavirus. The popular actors were among the first stars to contract the disease, which struck them while Hanks was shooting a film in Australia.

The couple has now stepped up to do their part in finding a vaccine for the disease. In fact, they reached out to volunteer to give blood and plasma to COVID-19 research.

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Hanks made a recent appearance on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, where he shared the news. He and Wilson have been told they have coronavirus antibodies and are fit for studies.

But the couple made the decision to volunteer their blood and plasma themselves.

"We will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the 'Hank-ccine,'" the actor joked.

"There could be no better ending to this international catastrophe than if the cure turns out to be the blood of Tom Hanks," host Peter Sagal replied.

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On the podcast, Hanks also offered an update on the state of his and Wilson's current health.

"We are just fine, dandy. We had all of the flu-like symptoms. My wife, Rita, was a little worse off than me. She had a very high temperature. And we were isolated so that we would not give it to anyone else," he said.

Everyone is glad to hear that the 63-year-old actor, who is sometimes called "America's Dad," and his wife are doing well. Hanks also made his return to entertainment a few weeks earlier, when he hosted the first at-home edition of Saturday Night Live on April 11.