America’s Dad Tom Hanks Tells You to Wear a Mask

The United States continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. Coronavirus cases are spiking in many locations around the country. Staying home, washing hands, practicing social distancing, wearing masks—all of these measures help stop the pandemic from continuing to balloon. Yet some people don’t want to take these steps. To those who refuse to follow these guidelines, America’s dad and national treasure Tom Hanks has some words for you: “I just think shame on you.”

Yes, shame on you.

Hanks shared his thoughts about people choosing not to wear masks and refusing to social distance during a press conference for Greyhound (via People). He stars in the movie coming to Apple TV+ on July 10. Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson both tested positive for COVID-19 in early March. They were in Australia at the time and went into two weeks of isolation at a hospital. They’ve since recovered and returned to Los Angeles where they continue to shelter in place. COVID-19 cases are currently on the rise in the city due, at least in part, to people not practicing the measures mentioned above.

Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers

Sony Pictures

When discussing his character in Greyhound and comparing it to the current pandemic Hanks said, “There’s really only three things we can do in order to get to tomorrow: Wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands.”

Hanks expounded, “Those things are so simple, so easy, if anybody cannot find it in themselves to practice those three very basic things – I just think shame on you. Don’t be a p****, get on with it, do your part. It’s very basic. If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.”

It is common sense. Watch this demonstration on how masks can block the droplets that spread COVID-19. And for the love of all things pure, listen to Tom Hanks.

Featured Image: Sony Pictures

Amy Ratcliffe is the Managing Editor for Nerdist and the author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy. Follow her on  Twitter and Instagram.

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