Q. My father became ill and tested positive to the corona virus. However, since his case is until now B’H mild, his doctors were not convinced that his best option is to be hospitalized. Since he lives in a way off place, the hospital available to him will not provide these days kosher food, due to the restrictions set by the current crisis. The food that would be available to him in the hospital, even if he only eats fruits and vegetables, may still be questionable during Pesach. As he is not in imminent sakana (danger), and BE”H he should keep on that way, what is the correct thing for him to do?
A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that considering that he is not in sakana now, and being hospitalized may be a detrimental and aggravating factor as his doctors also advised, it would seem reasonable that the best option is to stay at home, where his family can take care of him, and he can also consume proper food. Also he may not be additionally exposed to other infections.
However, great care should be taken to monitor constantly his condition and have the means ready to transport him to the hospital immediately, if that becomes necessary.
One should also maintain his physicians constantly aware of his condition.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a.