In March, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson revealed they had been diagnosed with COVID-19 while filming in Australia. While undergoing treatment at a local hospital, they chronicled their health struggles via their social media accounts.
However, despite recovering from the possibly fatal virus, Hanks recently revealed in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that they might still not be safe. Despite initially having antibodies in their blood, recent tests showed their immunity to the coronavirus was flagging as time went by.
6. Tom Hanks on Diminished COVID-19 Antibodies
In the interview, Hanks stated, “We’ve been paying attention to the results of some blood studies and plasma studies. We have found out that we have fewer antibodies now than we did at the get-go … What we have been told is that as the antibodies begin to fade, it’s possible that we will once again be susceptible to catching some form of the coronavirus again.” Hanks and his wife have been participating in antibody plasma studies to help other virus victims recover.
5. WHO and Antibodies
Around the world, many studies are focusing on whether antibodies provide immunity from COVID-19. In April, the World Health Organization (WHO) tweeted, “We expect that most people who are infected with COVID-19 will develop an antibody response that will provide some level of protection.”
WHO went on to write, “What we don’t yet know is the level of protection or how long it will last? We are working with scientists around the world to better understand the body’s response to #COVID19 infection. So far, no studies have answered these important questions.”