Half a world away from the outbreak of the coronavirus, the U.S. appears, in large part, to have been spared the misery of the epidemic. Few Americans have been diagnosed, and the economy is humming along. Four policy experts from Texas A&M, however, offer a note of caution. Americans’ health could be dramatically affected in the coming months because of the high percentage of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment made in China.

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A police officer in Beijing adjusts his face mask, which millions in China are using in hopes of preventing coronavirus infection, on Feb. 9, 2020. The virus is causing major disruptions. AP Photo/Andy Wong

The silent threat of the coronavirus: America’s dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals

Christine Crudo Blackburn, Texas A&M University ; Andrew Natsios, Texas A&M University ; Gerald W Parker, Texas A&M University ; Leslie Ruyle, Texas A&M University

While US residents may feel safe from the effects of the coronavirus, the aftershocks could be damaging in unexpected ways. The disruption to China's supply chain could cause drug shortages.

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