Tom Hanks on coronavirus: 3 ‘simple’ things everyone should do

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Having experienced the devastating effects of Covid-19 firsthand, Tom Hanks is urging people to do their part in preventing the virus from spreading even further.

Appearing Tuesday on NBC's "Today," Hanks reflected on his own early bout with the coronavirus and questioned why some weren't taking the pandemic seriously.

Hanks added that his new World War II film "Greyhound", premiering Friday on Apple TV+, brings back the era's message of "do your part".

He said: "Oh, as the canaries in the coal mine for the Covid-19 experience, we are fine". That alone means you are contributing to the betterment of your house, your work, your town, your society as a whole, and it's such a small thing.

Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed with COVID-19 while he was in Australia in March.

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"Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody can not find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things - I just think shame on you", he said.

"I had crippling body aches, I was very tired all the time and I couldn't concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes", the actor told The Guardian.

For those anxious about protecting themselves against COVID-10, there are steps one can take. "It's not illegal to have opinions that are wrong", Hanks said. And let's not confuse the fact: "It's killing people". Yeah, that's right. It's killing people.

"Our discomfort because of the virus was pretty much done in two weeks and we had very different reactions, and that was odd", Hanks said. "I don't know how common sense has somehow been put in question in regards to this". Maybe then more people would actually watch them!

The actor lastly adds, "If you can't wear a mask and wash your hands and social distance, I've got no respect for you, man. Thank you very much", he said. It's why our cases continue to rise and why we're probably going to be worse than any other country.

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