Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are first major celebs to get the Coronavirus
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Both America's dad Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

While working on a new movie in Australia, Hanks and Wilson caught the virus and let fans know through social media. The two are taking the next necessary steps to get healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. Their son, Chet Hanks, also sent his Instagram followers a message confirming his parents' diagnosis and letting everyone know he's not too worried. 

Many celebrities and fans are coming forward expressing support and well wishes for the couple. People like Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Toy Story costar Tim Allen tweeted messages to the family.

Hanks released a statement on his Instagram letting his followers know that he'd caught the virus.

Luckily, the couple were able to get tested quickly in Australia, where testing for the virus is free. The two "will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires," Hanks wrote. Then they plan on taking their recovery one day at a time. 

His full caption reads: "Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

"Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. 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? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!"

Of course it had to happen to one of the most beloved celebrities.

Tom Hanks is rarely divisive; he's beloved by many. Comedian Whitney Cummings put it best in a tweet. "It’s like it picked the celebrity we cared the most about to make a point," she wrote.

Wilson and Hanks' son, Chet, sent an update to his followers following his dad's statement.

"It's true my parents got coronavirus. Crazy... I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine, they're not even that sick. They're not worried about it, they're not trippin'. But they're going through the necessary health precautions, obviously. I don't think it's anything to be too worried about. I appreciate everyone's concern and the well wishes," Hanks said in his video. 

Thankfully, the family doesn't seem to anxious about the entire debacle. "I think it's all gonna be alright," he concluded.

Wilson responded to her son's words of support.

Wilson is clearly feeling well enough to get on Instagram and responded to her son's video, "Love you angel." Tom Hanks' other son, actor Colin Lewes Hanks, tweeted, "My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and are doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances."

Ellen DeGeneres sent her love in a Twitter reply.

Hanks has plenty of famous friends who have been reaching out on social media. The famous talk show host wrote, "Wishing you both a speedy recovery, and sending lots of love."

Tim Allen aka Buzz Lightyear had an appropriate response.

Allen shared a photo of Buzz in solidarity with his Toy Story castmate. "Woody, I should have made you two wear my space suits! You and Rita rest and get well!"


Julia Louis-Dreyfus also sent her well wishes.

Louis-Dreyfus replied, "Love and get well soon and come home soon to you and @RitaWilson." Hopefully, the two will get better soon and either come back home or continue their work in Australia. The cast and crew on set producing Hanks' new film have been sent home, according to The Hollywood Reporter.