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Tom Hanks and Wife Rita Wilson Are Donating Plasma To Help Coronavirus Research

Tom Hanks, and his wife, Rita Wilson, are donating their plasma, in hopes of finding a cure — or at least a vaccine — for the coronavirus.

They both contracted COVID-19 pretty early on, and so the hope is that they have the much needed antibodies in their plasma that will help combat this thing that is the coronavirus — or better study it.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Hanks showed what appears to be a couple bags of yellowish plasma.

He captioned the post, “Plasmatic on 3! 1,2,3 PLASMATIC! Hanx.”

Courtesy of tomhanks on Instagram

This isn’t the first time that Hanks — or Hanx, as he signs off on his Instagram posts — has donated plasma to the cause.

On April 29th, he posted to Instagram a picture of a medical blood collection bag with what appears to be plasma, which was further confirmed by the caption to the post:

Here’s last week’s bag of plasma. Such a bag!  After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap.  Thanks @arimoin and UCLA. Hanx

tomhanks on Instagram
Courtesy of tomhanks on Instagram

Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson, has also taken to Instagram to show the fruits of her labor — or, ya know, her plasma donation.

Both celebrities started feeling sick when they were in Australia, back in March. They were hospitalized in Queensland, and were tested for the virus.

Testing came back positive for the coronavirus, and they immediately quarantined themselves, and went through the grueling symptoms that come with the virus.

Rita went through a tougher time than I did — She had a much higher fever and she had some other symptoms. She lost her sense of taste and smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks … She was so nauseous she had to crawl on the floor from the bed to the facilities.

Tom Hanks, in an Interview on National Defense Radio Show

It took about three weeks, but they finally started feeling better. They returned home in late march, where they have been donating plasma, in hopes that they can help further study this virus.

Thank you, Tom and Rita!