COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

During this time, we are taking every precaution for your safety and ours. We are:

  • Limiting schedules and appointments. Feel free to make an appointment online, but call us to confirm it. We will always try and call you, but if we do not reach you, please call us. Please call 404-492-6187.
  • Currently not accepting walk-in patients

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, Atlanta Care Center respectfully prefers to see only patients during this time. If you are a non-patient, we respectfully request that you stay home if possible unless you are a:

  • Visitor providing translation to the patient
  • Visitor accompanying patients with disabilities

COVID-19 Precautions

  • ALL patients and visitors will be assessed for symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) when entering Atlanta Care Center.
  • If you have symptoms, you will be asked respectfully to leave and reschedule your appointment.
  • All NON-ESSENTIAL visitors may be asked to wait outside.
  • At this time, NO CHILDREN are allowed.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Coronavirus symptoms are similar to the flu. Cough, fever, shortness of breath, and fatigue are the most common initial symptoms.

How concerned should I be about COVID-19?
At this time, the risk of serious illness to individuals who are otherwise healthy and taking basic precautions is low. Individuals with chronic medical conditions, or conditions that impact their immune system, are at higher risk. It is important to remember that most people who have respiratory symptoms do not have COVID-19.

Where are we seeing cases of COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a global pandemic. This means it has reached nearly all parts of the world. Some areas have been designated as high risk areas by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That list will change over time as the disease spreads and as countries affected early start to recover.

I have a cough/sneezing/fever. What should I do?
It is unlikely you have COVID-19, but as always, if you are sick, you should stay at home. Avoid work, school, public areas, public transportation and try to avoid being in close contact with others. If you have medical questions, call your primary care provider. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. It is always recommended that you call first before going to any health care facility.

How does coronavirus spread?
Most often, the spread from person-to-person happens among close contact – within about 6 feet for a long period of time. Person-to-person spread occurs mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu spreads. Current evidence suggests the virus can live on a solid surface for hours to days.

How can I help protect myself?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. At this time, the CDC does not recommend any additional precautions other than the standard advice below that is always true:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Should I be wearing a facemask if I don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus?
No. The CDC does not recommend the general public wearing surgical masks or N95 masks to protect themselves from coronavirus. Wearing a facemask when not indicated is unlikely to work and may actually be harmful as it leads to increased touching of the nose/mouth. Additionally, if you are wearing masks unnecessarily, there may be medical professionals who cannot get them.

What are the treatments for coronavirus?
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for coronavirus infection. People infected with coronavirus should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

I’m pregnant. Is there anything special I need to do?
There is not yet any information available about the susceptibility of pregnant people to COVID-19. The current recommendations from the CDC are no different for pregnant people than for people who are not pregnant.

I was planning on traveling. Should I cancel my trip?
The decision to travel is personal and should be made in the context of your underlying health, the reason for travel, the necessity of travel, and where you will be traveling to. If you have travel insurance, you should review the policy to determine coverage for cancellations due to concerns of infectious disease outbreaks. We recommend you consult the CDC’s travel notices for guidance.