Tom Hanks’ battle with Covid – actor said his symptoms included having ‘the blahs’

Back at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, in March 2020, Tom Hanks was Down Under, in Australia, self-isolating with his wife, Rita Wilson. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote on the social media platform Twitter. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too… We were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

In a follow-up post the next day, on March 13, Hanks put: “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.”

Adding that the couple were “taking it one day at a time”, a week later, their symptoms were “much the same”.

Hanks elaborated: “No fever, but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.”

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On March 23, Hanks stated: “Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better.”

The latest Government figures (given on Thursday, December 15, 2022) show that the number of Covid infections is once again increasing.

In the past seven days, of what has been recorded, there has been an increase of 17.2 percent.

The number of patients admitted to hospital due to severe Covid has also increased by 27.6 percent in the past week.


The NHS cautions that Covid “can make anyone seriously ill”, but in minor cases, the virus can lead to:

  • A high temperature or shivering (chills)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • An aching body
  • A headache
  • A sore throat
  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick or being sick.

People are advised to call NHS 111 or speak to their GP if any of the following occurs:

  • You’re feeling gradually more unwell or more breathless
  • You have difficulty breathing when you stand up or move around
  • You feel very weak, achy or tired
  • You’re shaking or shivering
  • You’ve lost your appetite
  • You’re unable to care for yourself – for example, tasks like washing and dressing or making food are too difficult
  • You still feel unwell after four weeks – this may be long Covid.

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People are urged to “go to A&E immediately or call 999” if they have Covid and then they feel “so breathless” they are “unable to say short sentences when resting”.

It’s advised to call the emergency services if “your breathing has got suddenly worse” or “you cough up blood”.

Other symptoms that require emergency medical attention include:

  • You feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • You have a rash that looks like small bruises or bleeding under the skin and does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • You collapse or faint
  • You feel agitated, confused or very drowsy
  • You’ve stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual.

While Covid vaccination has been a great tool to reduce the severity of disease, if infected, some people might still react badly to the virus.

If the illness is mild, it’s strongly recommended to stay at home so as not to spread the virus to other people.

During your recovery period, the NHS advises to get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and to take paracetamol if you feel uncomfortable.

“If you have a cough, it’s best to avoid lying on your back. Lie on your side or sit upright instead,” the NHS adds.

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