On Wednesday night, Tom Hanks took to Instagram to let his fans know he and his wife, Rita Wilson, are in quarantine in Australia after testing positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that was just declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization.
While many Hanks-fans were slightly panicked at the news, they were quickly calmed by a shirtless video from Rita and Tom's son, Chet Hanks.
Chet Hanks posted a shirtless video in which he lets his fans know his parents are "not trippin'" over their diagnosis.
"They're both down in Australia right now 'cause my dad was shooting a movie down there. I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine. They're not even that sick. They're not worried about it. They're not trippin' but they're going through the necessary health precautions obviously."
"I don't think it's anything to be too worried about. I appreciate everyone's concern and the well wishes. I think it's all going to be alright. I appreciate it. Everybody stay safe out there. Much love."
Yes #TomHanks and #RitaWilson have #coronavirus, but we can all rest easy as their son Chet has reassured everyone… https://t.co/f6lTBx5Mbi— Tyler Morrison (@Tyler Morrison) 1584027356.0
Twitter had the time of their life turning Chet's update into a meme.
“Chet, I’m not trippin’” - Tom Hanks— Julia Loken (@Julia Loken) 1583984232.0
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: we have coronavirus. Chet Hanks: https://t.co/8KImVfyDPy— JT (@JT) 1584013608.0
Many were surprised to find Chet's address was more formal and comforting than the President's.
I think Chet should have addressed the nation last night instead. #OvalOfficeAddress https://t.co/HJESE5pzEN— Suzanne (@Suzanne) 1584016776.0
I propose that Trump delivers all further speeches thru Chet Hanks. @realDonaldTrump— NoelCaslerComedy (@NoelCaslerComedy) 1584017347.0
This was especially surprising considering the way Chet has talked in some past videos.
Chet Hanks waking up to the news of his parents. https://t.co/9KfLKAyPXu— Moha🇩🇿 (@Moha🇩🇿) 1584017228.0
Anything that causes more people to be aware of Tom Hanks’ rapping ass son Chet is a good thing IMO. https://t.co/6u6G8V12t2— 🎙Ross Bolen (@🎙Ross Bolen) 1584019008.0
Chet Hanks is, in his own way, a national treasure.
Chet Hanks when dad sneezes https://t.co/lo233nDUWr— Matt Keohan (@Matt Keohan) 1584020757.0
Chet: My parents just called; they’ve got coronavirus. I’ve got to get a message out to my followers, right away!… https://t.co/tSeQARGSqY— The Panic (@The Panic) 1584017199.0
But seriously, Chet...why aren't you wearing a shirt?
No no if your name is Chet you’re not allowed to have a shirt, it is the law— NoLongerPurelyCivilHat (@NoLongerPurelyCivilHat) 1584021050.0
Everything is scary and happening so fast and I have so many questions. For starters, why was Chet Hanks shirtless?— Tim Siedell (@Tim Siedell) 1584027815.0
Hanks' eldest son from his marriage to Samantha Lewes, actor Colin Hanks, also posted an update online, saying:
"We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from everyone. My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia and doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances. Despite the fact I'm in L.A. and haven't seen them in over three weeks, we have been in constant contact and am confident that they will make a full recovery."
Colin Hanks has to be the elder sibling and Chet Hanks the younger one, right? https://t.co/cPJoIll9vF— screwball (@screwball) 1584009312.0
Meanwhile, production on Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic, which Hanks was in Australia to shoot, has been temporarily halted, with a statement from Warner Bros. saying an "individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment."
Hopefully, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are both feeling better and will be out of quarantine soon!