SCIFI.radio reported that Tom Hanks (Big, Saving Mr. Disney, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and his wife, actress, producer and singer-songwriter Rita Wilson (Boy Genius, A Simple Wedding, The Good Wife) had been diagnosed with COVID-19. They have since recovered and according to Instagram, Hanks has donated plasma for a second time in the hopes of helping other coronavirus victims.
The novel coronavirus, being a new virus, scientists are not yet sure whether surviving the disease provides a lifetime immunity nor if a vaccine can be developed from the plasma of survivors. The Washington Post reported there’s a good chance this coronavirus may never go away.
“Even after [if] a vaccine is discovered and deployed, the coronavirus will likely remain for decades to come, circulating among the world’s population. Experts call such diseases endemic — stubbornly resisting efforts to stamp them out. Think measles, HIV, chickenpox.”
Whether donating plasma will lead to a cure or not, donating blood and plasma is always a good thing. The late Robert A. Heinlein was an advocate of donating blood and organized blood drives at many science fiction conventions, a practice that continues to the current day.