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U.S. economy takes hit in wake of coronavirus spread. Washington — As international markets are left gasping from the effects of the spreading coronavirus , one American business is struggling to keep pace with the skyrocketing demand for its products. "It's a madhouse," said Mike Bowen, executive vice president and partner of Prestige Ameritech, the nation's largest surgical mask manufacturer. "We are going as fast as we can.". Bowen's Texas company, which makes face masks and respirators to protect from germs and filter the air, typically has to pitch their products to hospitals and caregivers, not turn them away. Their American-made products are more expensive than those made by their overseas competitors. Full story

26 February