Tom Hanks is committed to staying positive during his quarantine in Australia after testing positive for coronavirus last week.
On Sunday, March 15, the actor posted an update on his Instagram page featuring his meal of a glass of water and two pieces of toast with Vegemite, a traditional Australian spread made of a yeast extract. Accompanying him at breakfast were a stuffed mama Kangaroo with a joey waving the Australian flag in her pouch, as well as a little koala hanging on the Vegemite tube.
"Thanks to the Helpers," the 63-year-old actor wrote in the caption. "Let's take care of ourselves and each other. Hanx"
"Helpers" is a reference to a traditional quote from Fred Rogers. "My mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,'" the children's television host — whom Tom played in the 2019 movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" — would say.
On March 11, Tom shared on Instagram that he and wife Rita Wilson had been diagnosed with the virus.
"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," he wrote. "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."
A day later, he posted a photo of the two of them thanking the people in Australia for taking good care of them. "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," he wrote, referencing another one of his most well-known movies, 1992's "A League of Their Own."