Tom Hanks shared a photo of his plasma donation after donating his blood to COVID-19 testing

By Alexia Fernández
Updated April 29, 2020 05:48 PM
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Tom Hanks made a plasma donation after recovering from COVID-19.

The actor, 63, shared a photo on Twitter of a bag of plasma and a bag of blood on Wednesday from a donation he made last week.

"Here’s last week's bag of plasma. Such a bag!  After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap," Hanks tweeted on Wednesday. "Thanks @arimoin and UCLA. Hanx."

His wife, Rita Wilson, also shared a photo of herself getting tested for antibodies, writing on Instagram, "A photo of getting tested for antibodies in preparation of donating plasma. Thank you Dr. Anne Rimoin at UCLA for the study you’re working on to help patients heal from COVID-19."

Earlier this month, Hanks appeared on the NPR show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! where host Peter Sagal asked the Oscar winner how he was doing after returning to the U.S. following his and wife Rita Wilson's coronavirus diagnoses.

"We are just fine, dandy. We had all of the flu-like symptoms," Hanks said. "My wife, Rita, was a little worse off than me. She had a very high temperature. And we were isolated so that we would not give it to anyone else."

When Hanks was asked if he'd been approached to donate his blood for COVID-19 testing, the actor said, "Yes."

"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 joked.

The couple first announced that they had tested positive for coronavirus on March 11 while in Australia, where Hanks was shooting a film. They have since returned to Los Angeles after self-quarantining in Australia for two weeks and have been open about their experience with the contagious respiratory illness.

Wilson recently said that contracting coronavirus alongside Hanks made it slightly more bearable.

"I think that having the virus at the same time made it that little bit easier," she told The Guardian. "We were taking care of each other instead of having the pressure of taking care of one person and no one taking care of you or understanding that the person at home needs a break."

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