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From apple juice to antibiotics: Coronavirus epidemic could cause U.S. shortages

Posted On: Feb 15, 2020   |   Posted By: Fortune

The toll of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic in human life is already devastating enough. But as quarantines continue in China, it looks like the global economic impact of the virus could be incredibly destructive too.
China is a manufacturing superpower, supplying both critical equipment and items of convenience. With some of the country's citizens unable to report to work and exports curtailed, there are already shortages that have some companies worried.
Amazon , for instance, is reportedly already stockpiling orders of Chinese-made products. And health care officials warn that protective medical equipment is already becoming scarce, as demand in China outweighs the amount the country can supply.
“Anything related to manufacturing is disrupted,” says Ruomeng Cui, assistant professor of information systems & operations management at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. “That ranges from tech products to toys to auto parts.”
China exported $539.5 billion in goods and services to the U.S. in 2018,...

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