One year later, Rita Wilson is looking back on her COVID-19 diagnosis.
The “Sleepless in Seattle” actress, 64, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 with husband Tom Hanks, 64, last March, looked back on the moment she first began experiencing symptoms in an Instagram post. The two were among the first Hollywood stars to publicly reveal their positive COVID-19 diagnoses.
“One year ago today I was playing the Sydney Opera House @sydneyoperahouse , the next day started feeling very tired and achy, two days later hospitalized with Covid 19,” she wrote Sunday, alongside a series of photos in Australia.
Wilson wrote that the couple was “grateful” for their health and added “how thankful we are for the medical care we got in Queensland.”
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“We share in the sorrow of each person who lost a loved one to this virus. I’m hopeful for so many being able to get the vaccine,” she added.
Wilson concluded her post by calling attention to music, which she called “very healing.”
“I also do not take for granted that creating music stayed a part of my life through @zoom remote and safe recording and writing, even with women from Brazil @claudialeitte and @therajakumari for our new song Hello World,” she wrote, adding that she was “so thankful for that, too.”
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Wilson and Hanks first publicly revealed their COVID-19 diagnosis on March 11, 2020. Months later, the actress spoke to USA TODAY about her recovery, describing the experience as “scary” and urging others to “just wear a mask.”
“There were times when I was thinking, ‘Gosh, this could take a turn for the worse,’ even when you thought you felt OK,” she said in July. “That’s kind of what happened to me, because it did take a little bit of a turn for the worse on about Day 7. So coming through that, I was just like, ‘Wow. You can’t take it for granted.’ “
She said it took time to understand that “you have to accept what it is you’re going through” and that “sometimes you don’t have control over those things.”
“You just have to be patient. For me, I definitely have very strong faith. So I relied on that a lot, and I relied on the amazing doctors we had.”
Contributing: Patrick Ryan