Tom Hanks Has a Message for People Not Wearing Face Masks: 'Shame on You'

July 1, 2020

Tom Hanks knows firsthand the effects of coronavirus, so he's not pleased with people who don’t wear face masks.

People Magazine reports that the actor and COVID-19 survivor spoke about the importance of heeding the CDC’s guidelines, wearing face coverings, and social distancing during a press conference for his film, “Greyhound.”

"There's really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands," he said, per the publication.

"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,” he added.

He was blunt in his explanation stating, "do your part. 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."

Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were among the first celebrities to test positive for coronavirus while doing some pre-production on a film in Australia.

The duo quarantined on location and kept the public updated about their symptoms which included feeling tired and experiencing body aches.

“Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too,” Hanks added in his statement.

The couple returned to the states towards the end of March where they continued to shelter in place and practice social distancing.

In addition to urging others to do their part in curbing the spread, the duo has been doing everything they can to aid with coronavirus research including donating plasma for science.

"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,” he said.

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