Tom Hanks Tests Positive for Coronavirus and More COVID-19 Updates

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Tom Hanks Reveals He and His Wife Have Coronavirus; Gyms Pose Special Coronavirus Risk; and Officials Cancel E3 Over Coronavirus Concerns.

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Tom Hanks Reveals He and His Wife Have Coronavirus

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Tom Hanks revealed that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have tested positive for coronavirus while he is working in pre-production on an Elvis Presley film.

Gyms Pose Special Coronavirus Risk

If you love going to the gym, be warned. Gyms are a “high-risk” location for the coronavirus to continue to spread.

Dr. Norman Swan, a medically qualified journalist, says that gyms are the perfect place for this type of virus to spread. This is thanks to the sweat involved.

“Dampness is a bad thing for spreading germs. You’ve got these big blokes pumping away and you never know, one of them might be a super spreader,” he said to ABC.

“It doesn’t mean you stop going to the gym, you’ve got to be super careful at the gym. You’ve got to make sure you wipe down (the equipment) before and after use.”

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He also urged people to avoid steam rooms. This is because the heat isn’t enough to kill off germs. “I wouldn’t go near any humid area, to be honest,” he said.

Gym owners are aware of this and have been working to reduce skin-to-skin contact between the staff and clients. They’re also being vigilant in disinfecting gym equipment, Dr. David Thomas told the New York Times. Thomas is a professor of medicine and director of the Division of Infection Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Thomas disagrees that gyms pose the biggest risk. He says people should be more concerned about attending church. There, they are in close proximity with other people and sometimes shake hands. People sharing their cellphones can also pose a risk.

Officials Cancel E3 Over Coronavirus Concerns

Officials have cancelled E3, the biggest and most well-known video game event of the year, thanks to the coronavirus spread. The Entertainment Software Association is exploring online options instead so that the event can still somehow go on.

The ESA issued a statement, reading, “After careful consultation with our member companies regarding the health and safety of everyone in our industry—our fans, our employees, our exhibitors, and our longtime E3 partners—we have made the difficult decision to cancel E3 2020, scheduled for June 9-11 in Los Angeles.”

Exhibitors and Attendees can expect to be contacted about receiving full refunds for the event.

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