- On March 11, Hanks posted on Instagram that he and his wife tested positive for Covid-19.
- Australian Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wished Hanks and Wilson a speedy recovery.
- After these revelations, the NBA decided to suspend the 2020 season.
- To fight the spread of coronavirus, many upcoming concerts and shows are being postponed or cancelled.
It is one thing to hear about strangers coming down with the coronavirus, but when news spreads that celebrities have been infected, it can be a game-changer. The crisis seems to hit home a lot harder when familiar faces succumb to the virus and the information is shared in the media.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
On March 11, Hanks posted on Instagram that he and his wife tested positive for Covid-19. Both are in stable condition, quarantined in a Queensland, Australia hospital. Their described symptoms did not seem severe and include slight fevers, aches, and tiredness. Hanks said that the couple would remain isolated “as long as public health and safety requires.” Australian Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wished Hanks and Wilson a speedy recovery.
Utah Jazz basketball team player Rudy Gobert tested positive on March 11. The 27-year-old center’s diagnosis led to the postponement of the team’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Afterward, the two teams had to be quarantined at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Since Jazz team members have been in contact with other NBA players during recent games, 20% of all NBA players may also be quarantined. After these revelations, the NBA decided to suspend the 2020 season. On March 12, it was revealed that a second player from the team, Donovan Mitchell, also tested positive.
On Thursday, the Utah Jazz announced that its second player, Donovan Mitchell, has tested positive for the illness.
What Other Celebrities Have to Say
Other celebrities were quick to show their support to Hanks and Wilson (both are 63), sending positive messages to Hanks’ Instagram. Actress Reese Witherspoon told him to take care, and actor Jack Black sent his love. Actor Marlon Wayans teased Hanks, claiming that Hanks always had to be first for everything, including the first Hollywood Coronavirus.
Justin Bieber has donated to Chinese charities, and Diplo has posted tips for traveling safely. Positive messages from artists like Alicia Keys and John Legend encourage the public to stay calm and to take care of themselves and their families. Aretha Franklin and Miley Cyrus both posted charts with proper hand-washing techniques.
Postponements and Cancellations
To fight the spread of coronavirus, many upcoming concerts and shows are being postponed or canceled. Some of the biggest postponements are the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Lollapalooza Argentina, The Who’s UK/Ireland tour, Tove Lo, and Dan + Shay. The 2020 MUSEXPO Creative Summit in California was also postponed, as was AllAccess.com's Worldwide Radio Summit.
Cancellations include Australia's Dark Mofo festival, Israeli band Lola Marsh, all RodeoHouston performances, Tennessee's Big Ears Festival, Yes, and Miley Cyrus. The K-pop group Stray Kids cancelled their European tour, and the March 19 GLAAD Media Awards planned for March are also a no-go.
One of the most shocking cancellations was also revealed on March 12, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that all New York City Broadway Shows and gatherings of 500 or more people were being shut down for 30 days.