Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Donate Their Plasma To Help Develop Vaccine For Coronavirus

Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Donate Their Plasma To Help Develop Vaccine For Coronavirus

The 63-year-old movie star has a name in mind for the vaccine if it's successful.

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After successfully recovering from Coronavirus, actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson offered their blood to help develop a vaccine for the illness which has no cure in sight as of now. Back in March, the pair tested positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Australia for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic starring Hanks, reports Variety. At the time, they took to Instagram and shared the news of their shocking diagnosis. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus and were found to be positive, he wrote


At the end of last month, the two thankfully returned their Los Angeles home and continued recovering from their symptoms while quarantining. During NPR's podcast Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! last week, Hanks disclosed that he and his lovely wife had volunteered to donate their blood and plasma to help with the Coronavirus research. "A lot of the questions [are] what do we do now? Is there something we can do? And, in fact, we just found out that we do carry the antibodies," said the 63-year-old movie star. "We have not only been approached, we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?'" 


Furthermore, Hanks shared that he already has a name in mind for the vaccine if it's successfully created using his blood donation. "In fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the ‘Hank-ccine," he added hilariously. The actor went on to assure the hosts that both he and Wilson are feeling "just fine and dandy" following their battle with the virus. Speaking to The National Defense Radio Show last week, he confessed, "Rita went through a tougher time than I did. She had a much higher fever. She had lost her sense of taste and sense of smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks." 


Apart from celebrities, other people are also stepping up to do their part in our fight against the deadly contagion. Previously, a California man donated his plasma to help other patients suffering from severe symptoms of COVID-19. 36-year-old Jason Garcia was diagnosed with eth virus on March 14 and was asked to stay isolated.  He spent nearly 10 days inside his house confined to his office or guest room, careful not to come in contact with his active-duty Navy wife and their 11- month-old daughter. Eventually, he began feeling better and on March 18, he considered himself "symptom-free." 


When the aerospace engineer from Escondido heard about health officials at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange County, California looking for someone who had recovered from novel Coronavirus to assist them with experimental treatment to potentially save the life of another patient infected with the contagion, Garcia contacted them immediately. On April 1, Garcia made the donation of his plasma that was supposed to be used for experimental transfer into three patients. As of Sunday, doctors informed Garcia that all of his plasma had been donated. Surprisingly, the patient with the worst condition is said to have improved since then, Garcia said doctors told him.



A spokesperson for the hospital told CNN, via email, that the patient was taken off some medications and is healthier in terms of oxygenation and is doing incrementally better day by day. "When I was diagnosed, the feeling of dread and fear, the fact this was a positive," explained Garcia. "This thing ended up possibly saving someone's life." Although Garcia is still unaware of how he became infected, he's happy that he might contribute to treatment until vaccines are made available. "If this works there's going to be an awesome chance for people to save a lot of heartache for others and fight the fight for their lives," he added.

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