“Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. It just means contributing to the betterment of your home, your work, your city, society as a whole and it’s such a small thing,” Hanks said.
“For me, it’s a mystery how something that should be embedded in the behavior of all of us has somehow been erased. Simple things. Do your thing,” he added.
Although many of those infected with the coronavirus cannot feel severe symptoms or even be asymptomatic, Hanks said we should not forget the fact that it “kills people”.
“My wife lost her sense of taste and smell. She had severe nausea, she had a much higher temperature than me. I just had crippled body aches, I was very tired all the time and I couldn’t concentrate on anything more than about 12 minutes.” Hanks told a British newspaper.
Hanks, who starred in World War II’s “Greyhound,” which premiered on Apple TV + on Friday, said Americans should have the same type of unity they had during the war.
“It was a sensibility (during World War II) that permeated the whole of society, which seems to be your job, we are all together in this,” he told TODAY.
CNN’s Frank Pallotta contributed to this report.