Rita Wilson shares 'Quarantunes' music playlist while battling COVID-19 with Tom Hanks

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Rita Wilson, pictured with husband Tom Hanks, asked fans to help create a music playlist while the couple is battling the coronavirus. (Screenshot: Instagram/Tom Hanks)
Rita Wilson, pictured with husband Tom Hanks, asked fans to help create a music playlist while the couple is battling the coronavirus. (Screenshot: Instagram/Tom Hanks)

Rita Wilson, who is self-quarantined with husband Tom Hanks after both tested positive for COVID-19, made an “isolation” music playlist with the help of fans.

“Hi guys! I want to make a @Spotify playlist for people self quarantining,” Wilson, 63, tweeted Friday from Australia, where she and Tom, 63, have remained since their diagnoses. “Something that might relate to isolation, perhaps? Can you send some song ideas that I can add? Also, what should we call it? Quarantine Choruses? This is what one does in quarantine. U think of stuff like this.”

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Fans wrote in with creative tips: “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen, “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor and “Isolation” by John Lennon. And Wilson shared the completed list on social media writing, “And the winner for the quarantine playlist naming is QUARANTUNES!”

Among the 32 songs were “Sometimes Love” co-written by Wilson herself, along with MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones and “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx.

Rita Wilson, who is isolating herself with Tom Hanks after both tested positive for the coronavirus, made a "quarantine" music playlist. (Screenshot: Instagram/Rita Wilson)
Rita Wilson, who is isolating herself with Tom Hanks after both tested positive for the coronavirus, made a "quarantine" music playlist. (Screenshot: Instagram/Rita Wilson)

On Wednesday, Tom shared an Instagram post from Australia where he was filming Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley biopic. “Hello, folks. @ritawilson and I are down here in Australia,” the Oscar-winner wrote. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. 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.”

“Well, now. What to do next?” he wrote. “The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hankses will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!”

Warner Bros said in a statement per NBC News, "We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. 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."

On Thursday, Hanks took an Instagram selfie with his wife writing, “Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else.”

Hanks added, “There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. 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?” Then, the actor quoted his 1992 film A League of Their Own: “Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx.”

Related: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s Son Gave a Shirtless Update on His Parents

The couple’s three children also posted Instagram updates — Colin Hanks shared, “My parents are in excellent care in Australia and are doing well (and in good spirits) given the circumstances.”

Daughter Elizabeth Hanks wrote a similar note adding, “Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. PS: Healthcare is a human right.”

And son Chet called the news “crazy” in a video, explaining that his parents “are fine and not even that sick” but that he appreciated people’s concern.

For the latest news on the evolving coronavirus outbreak, follow along here. According to experts, people over 60 and those who are immunocompromised continue to be the most at risk. If you have questions, please reference the CDC and WHO’s resource guides.

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