Tom Hanks Opened Up About His \

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Updated 36 minutes ago. Posted 1 hour ago

“Let’s not confuse the fact: It’s killing people.”

Tom Hanks was a guest on NBC’s Today this morning, and when asked about his experience with COVID-19 back in March, the actor was quick to emphasize just how seriously people should take this virus.

Tom explained that, while he wasn’t immediately fearful after receiving his diagnosis, he and his wife Rita Wilson felt “rotten” from their COVID-19 symptoms.

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“I don’t want to dismiss our symptoms. We felt rotten,” Tom told Hoda Kotb. “I had body aches – crippling, cracking body aches.”

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Tom said that his team of doctors were mostly concerned with making sure their symptoms didn’t get any worse, or they “were going to be in trouble”:

The Australian officials put us in the hospital, and they kept very strict attention on our fevers, because if they had spiked, we were going to be in trouble. Our lungs, because if they had filled up or scarred we were going to be in trouble. And the levels of our oxygen.

And when asked what he thinks of people who refuse to take those basic precautions, Tom did not hold back his feelings:

I think a huge majority of Americans get it. Look, there’s no law against ignorance. It’s not illegal to have opinions that are wrong. But I think you flout a lot of realities when two and two don’t add up to four… There is a darkness on the edge of town here, folks. And let’s not confuse the fact: It’s killing people.

You can check out Tom’s full interview with Hoda Kotb below: