by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5TJT.com
Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein issued a ruling that appears in the Hebrew language Yated Ne’eman about those people in quarantine because of exposure to the Corona virus. He said that they should not attend shul at all and can fulfill the Mitzvah by either reading the Megillah for themselves or by hearing it from outside of their homes.
Rav Zilberstein’s language was quite strong explaining that it is preferable not to daven in shul or hear the megillah to being a murderer.
Rav Zilberstein’s father-in-law was Rav Yoseph Shalom Elyashiv zt”l, the leading Posaik of Torah Jewry.
In the United States, a number of doctors and Rabbonim are involved in issuing a statement about how one can reduce deaths regarding the flu as well as possibly helping reduce the spread of the Corona virus.
Many prominent doctors note that there are approximately 17 deaths per week from the regular flu in New York state alone – which can be ameliorated by getting the flu vaccine.
In an early release edition of the New England Journal of Medicine made available to the Five Towns Jewish Times, researchers took a look at 1,099 patients in China and established some new details about the parameters of the Corona virus infection. The diagnosis was established with rapid PCR on nasal and pharyngeal swabs.
The median age of the cohort was 47 years of age. 47% of them were female. 5% went to the ICU. 2.3% were placed on a ventilator. 1.4% rachmana litzlan died. The median incubation period was 4 days but it ranged from 2 to 7 days. The most common finding that was an objective finding was a ground glass opacity on a chest CT.
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