Coronavirus Survivor Tom Hanks Will Not Stand for You Not Wearing a Mask
Do NOT make America's dad have to shame you.
The United States is, unfortunately, far from being out of the woods when it comes to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noting that cases continue to rise in 36 states across the US. Still, it seems plenty are not complying with mask-wearing and social-distancing protocols, and COVID-19 survivor Tom Hanks simply isn’t having it.
Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were among the first celebrities to announce they’d tested positive for coronavirus back in March, using their public platforms to help keep fans informed every step of the way since. Now, People reports that in a new press conference for his upcoming movie Greyhound—which will be available to stream via Apple TV on July 10th—he pleaded with people to do their part to help slow the spread of the virus by doing “three simple things.”
“There’s really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands," Hanks said.
“Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things—I just think shame on you," he added. "Don’t be a pussy, get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic.”
Likening these precautions with safety when you get behind the wheel, he added, “If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal, and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.”
Hanks isn’t the only celeb using their platform to advocate for wearing a mask. Both Patrick Dempsey and Jennifer Aniston have recently taken to Instagram to encourage widespread mask-wearing, with Aniston addressing her nearly 35 million followers with an impassioned plea.
"So many lives have been taken by this virus because we aren’t doing enough,” she wrote in her Instagram caption, adding, “there are many people in our country refusing to take the necessary steps to flatten the curve, and keep each other safe."
“People seem worried about their ‘rights being taken away’ by being asked to wear a mask,” she wrote, “This simple and effective recommendation is being politicized at the expense of peoples’ lives. And it really shouldn’t be a debate 🙏🏼 If you care about human life, please... just #wearadamnmask 😷 and encourage those around you to do the same ❤️”
As a reminder, the CDC recommends that face masks be worn “in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” So listen to your faves and wear the mask every single time. It’s a small step that could make a world of difference.
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