Rita Wilson has revealed she still has coronavirus antibodies, after she fell ill with the virus earlier this year.
The singer, 64, and her Hollywood star husband Tom Hanks both tested positive for Covid-19 during a trip to Australia in March, when the pandemic first started taking a hold.
They were among the first celebrities to come down with the infection and were forced to stay in quarantine down under until they had recovered, before returning to the US.
While in isolation they had kept fans up to date on their health and nearly nine months on, Rita has said she still has antibodies for coronavirus.
Rita stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! with host Jimmy teasing: ‘You’re probably the only person I don’t have to worry about right now. You must be brimming with antibodies.’
Sat in the studio with Jimmy, Rita revealed that she is tested for antibodies every ‘couple of months’ and while they can ‘diminish’ over time following infection, she still has some in her body.
The Good Wife star added: ‘They diminish as you get further away from your infection, but they’re still there helping us out.’
Rita fell ill while over in Australia, where her husband Tom had been filming for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley feature film on the Gold Coast.
Tom released a statement revealing the pair’s positive diagnosis in mid-March. It read: ‘Hello, folks. 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.’
Tom continued: ‘Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves.’
Two months later, in May, Rita revealed in an interview that her past battle with breast cancer helped her to realise the reality of coronavirus.
In an interview with Health magazine, Rita said: ‘You always think that bad things happen to other people— until it happens to you, and you realise you’re not immune to it.
‘It was similar with my breast cancer diagnosis. While all this was going on, I actually said to Tom, “Before breast cancer, it was a thing that was sort of in the distance or something that happens to other people.”‘
She continued: ‘And then I said, “But I don’t feel that way anymore. I mean, who’s to say we won’t get [Covid-19]?” And then we got it. It was so strange.’
The Sleepless in Seattle star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. A month after her diagnosis, Rita underwent a double mastectomy and confirmed her full recovery later that year.
Credit: Original article published here.