Tom Hanks may be one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, but even he's irked at people who won't wear a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"There's really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands. Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things — I just think shame on you. Don't be a p----. Get on with it, do your part," the 63-year-old actor said during a virtual press conference to promote his upcoming Apple TV+ movie "Greyhound."
Health officials agree that wearing a face mask can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Still, a tense debate has developed across the U.S. between those who are willing to wear masks and those who are not.
Hanks, who with his wife, Rita Wilson battled COVID-19 in March, likened wearing a face mask to using a turn signal while driving.
"It's very basic. If you're driving a car, you don't go too fast, you use your turn signal and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it's common sense," said the star.
Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
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"We just found out that we do carry the antibodies," Hanks told NPR. "We have not only been approached; we have said, do you want our blood? Can we give plasma? And, 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."