Why Tom Hanks' Virus Announcement Is So Jarring

'America's Dad' and his wife have coronavirus; here's what people are saying
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2020 11:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – America is freaking out about our collective dad, Tom Hanks, coming down with coronavirus alongside his wife of 32 years, Rita Wilson. (Hey, at least they're not getting a divorce, as some feared when they saw the couple's names trending.) We round up some of the coverage surrounding the news:

  • "Now we all have someone we love diagnosed." That was the reaction of journalist Ann Curry, and the Washington Post uses it in its article explaining why Hanks' announcement hits so hard. "It is often said that we don’t fully accept reality until it affects us, or someone we know personally," the authors note, and since we feel like we know Hanks, this really brings the seriousness of the outbreak home to us.
  • Why the glove pic? In Hanks' Instagram post announcing their diagnoses, he included a picture of a latex glove sitting atop a hazmat bag. As BuzzFeed explains, Hanks loves to find lost gloves and post pictures of them to social media. He once explained, "What is a better metaphor for the loneliness of the city" than a single lost glove?

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