For some reason, rap star Rita Wilson was not the musical guest for husband Tom Hanks’ virtual episode Saturday Night Live last weekend, so Gayle King caught up with her on Tuesday CBS this morning to hear about his recovery from a coronavirus. In fact, when Wilson does not spit bars, she spits out crucial public health truths that the President will not do. Wilson and Hanks were among the first celebrities to open up about the coronavirus contraction, and Wilson describes the symptoms she had, which included “exhaustion, body aches” fever near 102 degrees, loss of taste and smell, and “chills like I’ve never had before. She said that Hanks’ symptoms were milder and that among their close contacts, “the family, our work team, no one tested positive.” But perhaps most importantly, Wilson speaks frankly about the chloroquine treatment, warning that “we don’t really know if it’s useful.” She says, “I don’t know if the medication worked or if it was just time for the fever to stop,” and warns of its extreme side effects: “I was completely nauseous and dizzy. I couldn’t walk and my muscles were very weak. “
On a more positive note, King also gushes to Wilson about his remix “Hip Hop Hooray” Naughty by Nature, and casually lets go that she owns all four of Rita Wilson’s albums. Wilson said she posted the original video “as a brain exercise” to “see if I still remember the words” in quarantine, which also took stock of her health. Wilson also says that she and Hanks have donated their blood to coronavirus research, and are waiting to find out if our antibodies will be useful in developing a vaccine. So there it is: maybe we could ask Hanks and Wilson to partially thank if a coronavirus vaccine is found.