WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Veteran Hollywood actor Tom Hanks announced on social media that he and wife Rita had been tested positive with Coronavirus while in Australia.
- Medical experts believe that older people and those who have existing chronic medical issues are more likely to be riskier in developing Coronavirus complications.
- Tom Hanks announced seven years ago that he has Type 2 Diabetes.
With Tom Hanks having a prior medical issue, he could be more vulnerable to more complications resulting from the Coronavirus diagnosis.
On Wednesday night, The Forrest Gump star declared that he and actress wife Rita Wilson were both found infected with COVID-19.
Tom had Type 2 diabetes since 2013.
On a press briefing on March 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD) said that people that has diabetes are with greater dangers of Coronvirus complications.
The CDC emphasized that older people withstanding health issues such as heart conditions, lung ailment, as well as diabetes, are riskier by almost two folds to suffer crucial conditions compared to healthier and younger individuals.
CDC also said that they are giving more priority to older people as Coronavirus infects an increasing number of individuals in the U.S.
The 63-year-old Hollywood star announced through his Instagram account on Wednesday that he and wife Rita was primarily diagnosed with COVID-19 while they’re in Australia for pre-production works of a film.
Through the same post, Hanks also expressed his optimism overcoming their COVID-19 case and even showed the willingness to undergo self-quarantine while being observed and tested further. On his caption, he reminded everyone to take more care amidst the outbreak.
It was in 2013, during his guesting at the David Letterman show that Hanks first revealed his diabetes findings.
On Monday, a high ranking CDC official advised that that affected individuals with the age of 60 and up, or anybody suffering from prolonged medical conditions should brace themselves for staying home for a longer time.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director for National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases director of CDC, commented during a teleconference with reporters that Coronavirus seems to affect adults and more so older individuals.
The directress also said that the risk of COVID-19 complications increases for people starting at the age of 60.
The CDC further advises all those who have existing health conditions and 60-year-olds or older, to prepare enough medications, rations, and other stocks, so they don’t need to leave home as Coronavirus spreads throughout the country.