“The idea of doing your part should be so simple,” the 63-year-old actor said on TODAY in his first television interview since his recovery from Covid-19 on Tuesday.
“Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. It means you are helping to improve your home, your work, your city, your society as a whole and it is such a small thing, ”said Hanks.
“It is a mystery to me to see how this has been erased from what should be anchored in all of our behavior. Simple things. Do your part, ”he added.
The 63-year-old actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, both tested positive in March, both of the first celebrities to announce that they had contracted the virus and shocked their fans.
“My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had debilitating body pains, I was very tired all the time and I couldn’t concentrate for about 12 minutes, “Hanks told the British newspaper.
Hanks, who stars in the World War II film “Greyhound” to be previewed on Apple TV + on Friday, said Americans must have the same kind of unified spirit now that they have it the war.
“There was a sensitivity (during World War II) that permeated all of society, which was, do your part, we are all in the same boat,” he said in “TODAY”.
Since her recovery, Hanks has donated plasma in the hope that it will be used for research into treatment for Covid-19. In April, he organized “Saturday Night Live” at his home, joking that he was the famous coal mine canary when it came to the virus.
CNN’s Frank Pallotta contributed to this report.