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Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:43 pm | Updated: 2:51 pm, Wed Mar 25, 2020.

Since last June, Dr. Tahseen Shareef has been an active doctor in Lake Arrowhead seeing patients. In an exclusive interview with Dr. Shareef, she is concerned about her patients and the well being of the mountain community.

“In order to reduce exposure to the covid-19 virus, we have changed our routine appointments to virtual visits by phone,” said Dr. Shareef. “This ensures protection of our patients and staff.”

“The three major COVID-19 symptoms are fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.”

“If anyone has these symptoms, they should contact their primary physician and be tested right away. For more severe symptoms such as significant shortness of breath, you have to go to the Emergency Room.”

“We perform a nasal or throat swab checking for various viruses,” explained Dr. Shareef. “People with Influenza and other respiratory illnesses are not likely to also have COVID-19.”

“There is no proven treatment for COVID-19.  Chroloquine may be a possible treatment, but is still being investigated.” said Dr. Shareef.  

“There are not enough COVID-19 testing kits, therefore testing should be only for those with high suspicion,” Dr. Shareef added.  

“There are not enough masks available for health care providers who are most in need of them. Therefore, those individuals who have  symptoms should be the ones to wear a mask.”

“Eat a healthy diet, get a good night sleep, and reduce stress. While we are cautious and should prepare well, we should not panic.” 

Dr. Shareef asks the community to not hoard food and supplies. Be considerate of others to make sure they have enough food and supplies as well. 

“This highly contagious virus is real, rapidly spreading, and should be taken seriously. Stay home, keep a distance of six feet from others, and wash your hands frequently. Don’t get yourself exposed to it and avoid spreading it to others, especially the most vulnerable who are elderly or those with other health problems.”

Finally, she urges those who are at low risk to help out seniors by doing grocery shopping or picking up prescriptions for them. “Please check on your neighbors, especially the seniors,” added Dr. Shareef.

“This is a time to show our humanity!” said Dr. Shareef.

Dr. Tahseen Shareef, has a private practice in Loma Linda and Lake Arrowhead. Dr. Shareef has been practicing medicine for 27 years and specializes in Internal Medicine. She graduated from Medical College Of Pennsylvania  and completed her residency at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital & Medical Center. She was recruited by Loma Linda University Medical Center as an attending physician and she has been working at Loma Linda Hospital for 23 years.

Having more than 27 years of experience in medicine-outpatient, inpatient, post-op, hospice, and acute rehab, Dr. Shareef has been a vital part of the mountain community.

For more information, call Dr. Tahseen Shareef’s office in Lake Arrowhead at (909)-203-3766 or Loma Linda at (909) 203-3825.

You can catch Dr. Shareef on YouTube interview on the basics of Covid-19 at https://youtu.be/mx48aTE1T_g

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