Days after briefly mentioning his COVID-19 diagnosis on last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Tom Hanks offered more details about what he went through with the disease in Australia.

The Oscar-winning actor had a small interview with “The National Defense Radio Show” on Thursday, and said the virus affected his wife Rita Wilson differently.

“Rita went through a tougher time than I did,” Hanks explained. “She had a much higher fever. She had lost her sense of taste and sense of smell.”

“I had some bad body aches and was very fatigued, and that’s how the COVID-19 went through us,” he said.


Hanks, 63, noted that they were isolated in an Australian hospital for three days after they first tested positive.

“It was relatively early in Australia’s response to the coronavirus, and they wanted us to not give it to anyone else,” he said. “That’s why we were in lockdown.”

While undergoing treatment, Hanks said he tried to stay active by doing a 30-minute routine of stretching, floor exercises and “old man kind of things,” but he never made it through a full session. “I was wiped after 12 minutes,” he said.

The radio show brought Hanks on because of his volunteer work with veterans and their families.