SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Joe Biden unveiled plans to move America to a new stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
One key component of the plan is "test to treat."
"We're launching the 'test to treat' initiative so people can get tested at a pharmacy and if they prove positive they can get antiviral pills on the spot at no cost," the president said.
If you're on the ABC7 News app, click here to watch live
Now, the question is, how exactly will this work?
UCSF infectious diseases specialist, Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, joined ABC7 News on our program, "Getting Answers," to explain.
Dr. Chin-Hong says "the devil is in the details."
RELATED: COVID to no longer 'dictate how we live,' according to White House's new plan
Some of those details are still getting worked out, but what we do know, according to Dr. Chin-Hong, is that the "on the spot" treatment will be in the form of pills, such as Paxlovid.
"Paxlovid can cut down the hospitalization risk by as much as 89-percent in the highest risk people," Dr. Chin-Hong explained.
"You test on site. You get the pills for five days, three pills twice a day," he said.
We asked if this will be done at all pharmacies.
"So far they've named some pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid. We don't know if all pharmacies will have this capability," he said.
That's because, "it does require some choreography," Chin-Hong said.
VIDEO: Newsom dropping 95% of executive COVID-related orders in CA
"You can't just have pills in the pharmacy stash and have a testing program. You have to coordinate it because, for example, you have to do patient education, you have to figure out what meds the patient is on... So it's not as easy as it seems."
You can watch the full 10-minute interview for more information, in the video at the top of this post.
VACCINE TRACKER: How California is doing, when you can get a coronavirus vaccine
Having trouble loading the tracker above? Click here to open it in a new window.
RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS:
- Is COVID-19 an endemic yet? ABC7 explains what it means, where we are in the transition
- Map shows COVID-19 community levels in your area, where masks are recommended indoors
- UCSF doctor who reviewed CA's 'endemic' plan highlights top priorities
- Target lifts mask mandate for shoppers, employees
- Stanford doctor says we 'cannot go back' to pre-pandemic life
- COVID now mostly killing unvaccinated, seemingly healthy middle aged Americans, data shows
- Getting vaccinated while pregnant may protect babies from COVID-19, study says
- What to know about rapid COVID at-home tests
- COVID Variant: 5 reasons you should not deliberately catch omicron to 'get it over with'
- Coronavirus Timeline: Tracking major moments of COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco Bay Area
- California drops indoor mask mandate: What to know, what's different in the Bay Area
- Here's how to take a rapid COVID-19 test accurately at home
- Data tracker: Coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalizations in every Bay Area county
- Get the latest updates on California EDD, stimulus checks, unemployment benefits