Tom Hanks is a Hollywood giant – his films have grossed nearly $ 10 billion worldwide. The actor enjoys widespread respect in the industry and beyond, so when he speaks, people listen. And that’s exactly what he did after his long battle with the coronavirus last year.
Speaking on Reuters Television, the actor said, “At least three little things (are) in everyone’s wheelhouse, if you choose to do them.
“Wear a mask, wash your hands, social distancing. If you can’t do this, I don’t have a lot of respect for you.
He added: “If you drive a car, you should use your turn signal, don’t drive too fast and avoid pedestrians.”
The star also called for unity in how we react to the virus, which can affect anyone.
What are the main symptoms of the coronavirus?
According to the NHS, the main symptoms of the coronavirus are:
- A high temperature – this means you are hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature)
- Continuous new cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually cough, it may be worse than usual)
- Loss or change in your sense of smell or taste – this means that you have noticed that you cannot smell or taste anything, or that things smell or taste different from normal.
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“Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms,” the health body said.
How to respond
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, get tested to check for coronavirus as soon as possible.
You and anyone you live with should stay home and not receive visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to take a test.
Anyone in your bubble of support should also stay home if you’ve been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or for 48 hours before they started.
A supportive bubble is where a person living alone (or just with their children) can meet people from another household.
How to avoid spreading the coronavirus to the people you live with
If you are self-isolating from the coronavirus, there are things you can do to reduce the chances of spreading infection to the people you live with.
“If you have symptoms you should stay away from other people you live with as much as possible,” advises the NHS.
If you can, stay alone in a room as much as possible and keep the door closed, the health agency advises.
“Avoid using shared spaces (like the kitchen) at the same time as other people – eat your meals in your room,” he says.
Other key tips include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Immediately put used tissues in the trash and wash your hands afterwards
- Clean objects and surfaces that you touch often (such as doorknobs, kettles and phones) using your regular cleaning products
- Consider wearing a face mask when in shared spaces
- Keep windows open in the room you are staying in and shared spaces as much as possible.
“It is especially important to try to avoid spreading the infection to anyone at higher risk for coronavirus (such as people 70 years of age or older, pregnant or with weakened immune systems),” adds the NHS.