Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were two of the first celebrities to reveal their positive coronavirus diagnosis last month.
The couple have since recovered after quarantining in Australia and are now back home in Los Angeles.
In Rita’s first interview since her diagnosis, she opened up about her experience and warned that taking chloroquine, a drug that has been touted by the White House as a “game changer,” caused her “extreme side effects.”
“I know people have been talking this drug, but I can only tell you that I don’t know if the drug worked or it was just time for the fever to break,” the singer and actress said on CBS ‘This Morning’. “My fever did break, but the chloroquine had such extreme side effects.”
“I was completely nauseous and I had vertigo,” she continued. “I could not walk and my muscles felt very weak. I think people have to be very considerate about that drug. We don’t know if it’s helpful in this case.”
Wilson said she experienced extreme chills, body aches and lost her taste and smell while battling the virus.
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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
As for how she and Hanks contracted Covid-19, she says she believes they both got it at the same time rather than infecting one another.
Hanks and Wilson were in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros, when they tested positive.
“All I can say is all of our close contacts, family, our work team, no one has tested positive,” Wilson said.
Since recovering, the couple have donated blood to a study in hope that their antibodies can be used to develop a vaccine for Covid-19.
Amid recovery in an Instagram post late last month, Wilson leaned on the therapy of music to help keep her spirits lifted. The singer stunned fans when she rapped every lyric to rap group Naughty By Nature’s 1993 hit ‘Hip Hop Hooray’.
Wilson’s rap was so well received she has since partnered with the group to create a remix to the song, to raise money for MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports music professionals affected by the virus.
“I think that music is healing and so if something is giving someone comfort or peace, I’m thankful to be a part of it, really,” she said.