By Carl O’Donnell
(Reuters) – U.S. dental care providers are pushing for permission to test patients for the coronavirus, both to help augment a nationwide effort to combat its spread and shore up their own dwindling business, with most of the country still under stay-at-home orders.
North American Dental Group (NADG), a Pittsburgh-based dental services organization, wants to provide diagnostic testing in all of its approximately 250 facilities across 15 states, the company told Reuters. This week, it launched a small pilot program in New York state, epicenter of the U.S. epidemic.
Other dental groups are considering following suit. The Association of Dental Support Organizations trade group has formed a committee of around 20 members to discuss how to begin coronavirus testing on their premises.
Most testing by dentists is likely…