See Rita Wilson's coronavirus-inspired playlist while she's quarantined with Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus while working in Australia. USA TODAY

See Rita Wilson's coronavirus-inspired playlist while she's quarantined with Tom Hanks

Rita Wilson, who has tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia along with her husband Tom Hanks, is making their time in quarantine a bit more musical.

The actress took to Twitter Thursday to ask for song and title recommendations for a Spotify playlist.

"Something that might relate to isolation, perhaps?" she continued. "This is what one does in quarantine. Uthink of stuff like this."

Wilson soon shared the resulting playlist, titled "Quarantunes," with her fans. It includes songs like Eric Carmen's "All by Myself," Queen's "I Want to Break Free" and Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself."

Hanks, 63, has said he and Wilson, 63, are taking their medically supervised isolation "one-day-at-a-time" following their diagnosis.

And the winner for the quarantine playlist naming is QUARANTUNES! Head to @Spotify to listen

— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) March 13, 2020

In an upbeat Instagram post Thursday, a day following the diagnosis reveal, the legendary actor managed a smile with his arm around the grinning, baseball-cap wearing Wilson. 

Hanks thanked the Queensland hospital medical staff for taking "such good care of us" and made clear the isolation was necessary "so we do not spread it to anyone else."

"There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness," wrote Hanks. "There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no?"

Hanks signed off with a version of his classic line from "A League of Their Own."

"Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball," wrote Hanks.

Wilson also gave a light-hearted update on their situation.

"From here on out, the only Corona I want is from Mexico and you drink it," she joked in a tweet on Friday.

Hanks confirmed on Instagram and Twitter Wednesday that he and Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia after feeling ill.

"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," Hanks wrote. "Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

Hanks' representative Francesca Ciuffo confirmed the diagnosis to USA TODAY. 

Australian officials said the couple were being treated at a Queensland hospital. “We wish them a very speedy recovery,” state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters.

The Oscar-winning actor has been in Australia for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley film, in which he'll play Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker. Production has been halted. 

Hanks said he will be "tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires."

Warner Bros. said in a statement provided to USA TODAY by spokesman Paul McGuire that the studio is working closely with Australian health agencies to identify anyone who has come in contact with the affected cast member. The statement did not name Hanks specifically. 

"The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world," the statement said. 

Colin Hanks, 42, the son of Hanks and the late Samantha Lewes, thanked fans for the "outpouring of support." 

"My parents are receiving excellent care in Australia (and in good spirits) given the circumstances," he wrote. "Despite the fact that I'm in LA haven't seen them in over three weeks, we have been in constant contact and am confident that they will make a full recovery."

Hanks accompanied his initial health update with a picture of a used glove discarded in a biohazard waste bin. 

"We’ll keep the world posted and updated," Hanks vowed.

Australia has 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Friday , according Johns Hopkins data. There have been three deaths in Australia.

The couple's son Chet Hanks, 29, weighed in on his Instagram shortly after the announcement, saying "it's true, my parents got coronavirus, crazy ... But 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 are not tripping. bBut they're going through the necessary health precautions, obviously."

He added, "I appreciate everyone's concern...I think it's all going to be alright."

Wilson has documented her time in Australia on Instagram over the past week, where she performed a sold-out concert in Brisbane on March 5 and at the iconic Sydney Opera House on March 7.

Earlier this week, Wilson appeared on Australia’s "Today Show" to perform "Throw Me A Party." She captioned a picture of her on-air performance: "It was indeed a party! Thanks for having me … Australia, you've treated me so well!!"

It's unclear when Wilson and Hanks were diagnosed. 

Fellow stars sent the couple well-wishes following their announcement. 

"Love and get well soon and come home soon to you and @RitaWilson," Julia Louis-Dreyfus responded to Hanks' tweet.

Hanks' longtime "Toy Story" co-star Tim Allen replied in character as Buzz Lightyear.

"Woody," he wrote. "I should have made you two wear my space suits! You and Rita rest and get well!"

I should have made you two wear my space suits! You and Rita rest and get well!

— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) March 12, 2020

Fellow Disney voice actor Josh Gad replied on Instagram: "We love you and your beautiful wife and need you back to full health!!

"Wishing you both a speedy recovery, and sending lots of love," wrote comedian Ellen DeGeneres. 

"DAMN YOU TOM!!! You always gotta be first," joked Marlon Wayans. "First Emmy winner, first Oscar winner, first Hollywood Coronavirus. That one was mine damn it! Curses. get well soon brother. I love you tremendously. Praying for you and wifey."

Mia Farrow sent Hanks and Wilson "big love" and wished them "both a speedy recovery."

Actors Jack Black and Wilmer Valderrama and "Bachelor" alum Nick Viall commented with heart emojis on Hanks' Instagram post. 

"Please take care 💕" Reese Witherspoon added. 

Contributing: Charles Trepany, The Associated Press


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