• Tom Hanks is doing just fine. (Getty Images North America)
"We are all in this together. Flatten the curve."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

18 Mar 2020 - 9:49 AM  UPDATED 19 Mar 2020 - 11:56 AM

Everyone's favourite father-figure and eternal beacon of hope Tom Hanks has updated his 16-million social media followers on his condition, following his release from quarantine at Gold Coast hospital yesterday.

"Hey folks. Good news: One week after testing Positive, in isolation, the symptoms are much the same," Hanks wrote in a statement shared on Twitter.

"No fever but the blahs," he continued, sending 'the blahs' - a lingering combination of exhaustion and restlessness, commonly used in reference to Mondays - straight into pandemic pop culture canon.

He went on to describe a familiar set of activities associated with the quarantine 'blahs' - laundry, cleaning, and sleeping.

"Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch. Bad news: My wife has won six straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points.

"But I have learned not to spread my vegemite so thick," the Oscar winner added, referring to the riveting public discourse over a photo of his vegemite on toast.

The star then shared a photo of an old typewriter he had with him in quarantine.

The typewriter's brand name? Corona.

"I traveled here with a typewriter, one I used to love," Hanks wrote.

"We are all in this together. Flatten the curve. Hanx."

As of Tuesday afternoon, only people who have recently travelled from overseas or have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and experienced symptoms within 14 days are advised to be tested.

If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor, don’t visit, or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

If you are struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

Coronavirus symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia, according to the Federal Government's website, and can include a fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

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