Rita Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks were two of the first celebrities to reveal that they tested positive for the coronavirus back in March. So needless to say, the country watched as the two dealt with virus and wondered how it would effect them.
Now, Rita is speaking out about her experience with the virus. In an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, Rita told of her symptoms and how she was affected by COVID-19.
“I was very tired. I felt extremely achy, uncomfortable, didn’t want to be touched and then the fever started,” Rita shared. “Chills like I’ve never had before. Looking back I also realized I was losing my sense of taste and smell, which I didn’t realize it at the time.”
The 63-year-old actress revealed that her fever reached 102 on day nine and that she had been given the drug chloroquine.
“I don’t know if the drug worked or if it was just time for the fever to break. My fever did break, but the chloroquine had such extreme side effects. I was completely nauseous and I had vertigo. I could not work and my muscles felt very weak. I think people have to be very considerate of that drug. We don’t really know if it’s helpful in this case. ”
Rita also shared that her husband, Tom, did not have as severe symptoms as she had. While he didn’t have as high of a fever or lose his sense of taste or smell, she revealed that they both took the same amount of time to recover from the virus.
Rita is doing well now that she has recovered from the virus, even going so far as releasing a remix of Naugthy by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray.”
“I love that song by Naughty by Nature. I did this movie called Boy Genius. This character I played gets to sing ‘Hip Hop Hooray.’ It took me one month to learn that song because it’s so intricate,” Rita revealed. “I thought maybe if I post this it will be something fun and show people we are ok.
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After Naughty by Nature commented on the post and said they like it, an idea to do a remix was born. All the money the song makes will go into the Music Cares COVID relief fund, which helps those in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.