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#205 COVID Cakes and Hot Takes with Rahul Ganatra MD

April 10, 2020 | By

Hydroxychloroquine, COVID-19 Serology, Convalescent Plasma, Telehealth, Economic inequality… and Cats?!

COVID Cakes, a rundown of recent COVID articles and news stories including: Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, serologic testing, use of convalescent plasma, economic inequality / health disparities… and COVID in cats?! We’re joined by Curbsider/Internist/Epidemiologist, Rahul Ganatra MD, @rbganatra (VA Boston) who provides critical appraisal of the article that inspired Trump’s infamous hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin comment. Plus, @Paulnwilliamz and @cjchiu give us  some telehealth along with the usual antics. 

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Written, Produced by: Rahul Ganatra MD, Chris Chiu MD, FACP, FAAP; Matthew Watto MD, FACP; Paul Williams MD, FACP

Cover Art and Show Notes by: Matthew Watto MD, FACP

Hosts: Chris Chiu MD, FACP, FAAP; Matthew Watto MD, FACP; Paul Williams MD, FACP   

Editor: Matthew Watto MD 

Guest: Rahul Ganatra MD

COVID Cakes Time Stamps

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Listeners will hone their skills in critical appraisal as they update themselves on all things COVID-19

Learning objectives

After listening to this episode listeners will…

  1. Discuss the limitations in the evidence for hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as treatment for COVID-19
  2. Discuss some challenges of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Be aware of racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. Explain the rationale for serologic testing and the use of convalescent plasma in COVID-19 disease


Dr Ganatra reports no relevant financial disclosures. The Curbsiders report no relevant financial disclosures. 


Ganatra R, Williams PN, Chiu CJ, Watto MF. “#205 COVID Cakes and Hotakes with Rahul Ganatra MD”. The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast. April 10, 2020.


  1. April 13, 2020, 8:56pm Doug Cifuentes writes:

    As always a timely and informative episode delivered in a format accessible and conducive to learning . I completed residency training in the Late 90’s This would have been so helpful to have back them !! Your podcast is instrumental in training of future physicians. Keep up the great work as a Chicago native I must close out with Eamus catuli !!

  2. April 15, 2020, 1:13pm Cortney Kueter writes:

    I'm looking for the show notes for this episode but I can't find them?

    • April 20, 2020, 7:06pm Matthew Watto, MD writes:

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