It was Wilson's first interview since her diagnosis.


Over a month ago Rita Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks, were among the first celebrities to come forward after testing positive for COVID-19. The couple was in Australia at the time and after self-isolating, soon returned to Los Angeles, detailing their symptoms on social media, sharing playlists, and letting their fans know what was happening. Wilson detailed all of her symptoms and emotions in a new interview with Gayle King, where she went over everything, including the controversial drug used to treat her.

Rita Wilson COVID Coronavirus Gayle King Interview
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"I felt extremely achy, uncomfortable, didn't want to be touched, and then the fever started," she said during an appearance on CBS This Morning. Wilson added that she lost her sense of taste and smell and had a fever that reached 102 degrees. Additionally, she suffered from "chills like I never had before."

Wilson added that she was treated with chloroquine, a drug generally used for malaria. She noted that she wasn't sure whether or not the drug helped, since it could have been time for her fever to subside, whether or not she had taken it. However, she did explain that chloroquine did come with major side effects.

"I can only tell you that I don't know if the drug worked or if it was just time for the fever to break," she said. "The fever did break, but the chloroquine had such extreme side effects. I was completely nauseous and I had vertigo and my muscles felt very weak. I think people have to be very considerate about that drug. We don't really know if it is helpful in this case."

She also gave insight into how her husband was handling COVID-19, saying that he didn't exhibit the same symptoms.

"He did not have as high a fever," she said. "He did not lose his sense of taste or smell, but it still took us the same time to get through it."