Having spread to 47 countries, the outbreak's continuing to rattle global markets too, prompting the S&P 500's biggest plunge in almost nine years yesterday and promising more pain ahead. "Sell now and worry about the consequences later," said one investor. Already threatening the global supply chain, coronavirus could also infect consumer consumption — which accounts for more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy. The World Health Organization says the virus "has pandemic potential."
Does that mean economic chaos? Analysts say markets can cope with short-term disruptions, but will remain volatile so long as there's no end in sight.