Coronavirus Outbreak: Rita Wilson felt 'very tired, extremely itchy'; says husband Tom Hanks showed 'milder symptoms'

Rita Wilson has opened up about symptoms of coronavirus which she and her husband Tom Hanks experienced and their episode with the controversial drug chloroquine

Asian News International April 16, 2020 08:41:31 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Rita Wilson felt 'very tired, extremely itchy'; says husband Tom Hanks showed 'milder symptoms'

American actor Rita Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks were the first celebrities to reveal they tested positive for the coronavirus last month. Now, Wilson has opened up in greater detail about the couple's symptoms and their experience with the controversial drug chloroquine.

Coronavirus Outbreak Rita Wilson felt very tired extremely itchy says husband Tom Hanks showed milder symptoms

Tom Hanks with wife Rita Wilson

(Click here to follow LIVE updates on coronavirus outbreak)

According to Fox News, 60-year-old singer Wilson conducted her first interview post-coronavirus on Tuesday morning's episode of CBS' The Talk with Gayle King.

The 'Hip Hop Hooray' songstress shared exactly how she was feeling as she and her 60-year-old husband Hanks battled the novel virus in quarantine in Australia.

Wilson detailed her symptoms to King, "I was very tired. I felt extremely achy. Uncomfortable, didn't want to be touched and then the fever started. Chills like I've never had before. Looking back, I realise I was also losing my sense of taste and smell which I didn't realise at the time."

Wilson shared her fever reached its highest temperature about nine days following her positive test results. "I think it got close to 102," she said.

The 'Let Me Be' singer revealed that she was given chloroquine, a drug that has been used to prevent and treat malaria that is being studied as a possible coronavirus treatment.

Wilson shared that her fever subsided after taking the medicine, but she's not sure if it's the reason it went away. She explained, "I can only tell you that I don't know if the drug worked or if it was just time for my fever to break, but my fever did break. But the chloroquine had extreme side effects."

The 'Angel of Morning' songstress shared that after being treated with chloroquine, she felt "completely nauseous" and suffered from vertigo.

She said that she couldn't walk and her muscles felt very weak. The star added, "I think people have to be very considerate about that drug. We don't really know if it's helpful in this case."

She admitted that her husband, Hanks experienced "milder symptoms," and "He didn't have as high of a fever. He did not lose his sense of taste or smell, but it still took us the same time to get through it."

The pair reportedly spent five days in a Queensland, Australia, hospital before remaining in isolation for weeks. Following their recovery, the duo was spotted for the first time at their Los Angeles home in late March.

Wilson confirmed that while she and Hanks still do not know for sure where or from whom they contracted the virus, they've learned they were both exposed to it "at the same time."

The 'New Girl' songstress and Hanks were in Australia when their tests for the novel virus came back positive.

The Forrest Gump star Hanks had been in the land down under filming an upcoming Elvis biopic before director Baz Luhrmann suspended filming.

"All I can say is all of our close contacts, family, our work team, no one has tested positive," Wilson added.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Rakul Preet Singh says she tested negative for coronavirus a day before co-star Arjun Kapoor's diagnosis
Entertainment

Rakul Preet Singh says she tested negative for coronavirus a day before co-star Arjun Kapoor's diagnosis

Rakul Preet Singh, who co-stars in a cross-border romance with Arjun Kapoor, says she got to know about the film shooting getting stalled on her way to Mumbai.

Venice Film Festival: Tilda Swinton, Pedro Almodovar, Daniele Luchettia urge reopening of theatres
Entertainment

Venice Film Festival: Tilda Swinton, Pedro Almodovar, Daniele Luchettia urge reopening of theatres

Oragnisers of the Venice Film Festival followed anti-virus restrictions that included protective masks during all screenings, theatres at a half or one-third capacity, and rigorous temperature checks and sanitisation

The Batman shoot temporarily suspended after production member tests positive for coronavirus
Entertainment

The Batman shoot temporarily suspended after production member tests positive for coronavirus

The Batman was one of the first major productions to resume in the UK with enhanced safety and distancing measures in place after restrictions due to the lockdown were eased