North Atlanta Primary Care

COVID-19 Update Article


Posted on February 26, 2020 by Thomas E. Bat, MD


Yesterday the CDC announced plans for increased preparedness for the arrival of increased prevalence of COVID-19 in the United States. As we prepare in Atlanta with our local hospitals to be prepared we want to share the best information with you. What can you do now to be prepared if this viral infectious agent continues to spread into our community.

  1. Get the influenza vaccine. Symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are identical. If you are vaccinated against influenza A and B we are less likely to make an inaccurate diagnosis. Also flu hospitalizations and deaths continue upward. We can stop this upward trend only through immunization. Currently 60% of NAPC patients are vaccinated so we have room to improve. If you are vaccinated thank you. Please find a friend, co-worker or family member who is not and convince them to get protected now. No appointment is needed to receive the flu shot in our office.
  2. If you have chronic medical problems: Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Inflammatory Bowel disease, Heart disease, etc…please make an appointment if you have not been seen in 3 months. Patients with chronic illnesses are at higher risk of death with COVID-19 so let’s make sure you are doing all you can to protect yourself. Also, make sure you have at least 1 to 3 months medication on hand. Make sure your pharmacy will deliver your prescriptions in the mail in case of emergency.
  3. Home preparations. As with any emergency please make sure your home is stocked with sufficient food, water, batteries and emergency supplies. Consider hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps and obtaining a package of face masks. This is best done now and not to wait for Public Health officials to declare a state of emergency.

The staff and physicians at North Atlanta Primary Care are here at all 12 locations to meet your medical needs now. Please play your part and protect your family and community. Make sure everyone you know is prepared and make sure all have received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Thank YOU for your Help,

Thomas E. Bat, MD

Medical Director NAPC

Alpharetta: 3400-C Old Milton Parkway, Suite 270, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Braselton: 1255 Friendship Road, Suite 130, Braselton, GA 30517
Cumming: 1800 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 450, Cumming, GA 30041
East Cobb: 1121 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 450, Marietta, GA 30068
Johns Creek: 4235 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite A, Suwanee, GA 30024
Sandy Springs: 1150 Hammond Dr., Building E, Suite 310, Atlanta, GA 30328
Sugar Hill: 4700 Nelson Brogdon Blvd., Suite 250, Buford, GA 30518
West Paces: 3200 Downwood Circle NW, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30327
Woodstock: 250 Parkbrooke Place, Suite 300, Woodstock, GA 30189

All locations: 770-442-1911