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Coronavirus Outbreak Could Affect Availability (and Cost) of THESE Essential Products from China

• The Organic Prepper by Daisy Luther

The effects of the Wuhan coronavirus could end up being far more widespread than the illness itself. It is already affecting China's economy, potentially to the tune of $60 billion. Other predictions are even less optimistic, suggesting that if the outbreak isn't rapidly contained, Chinese banks could face a $6 trillion disaster.

And the fallout won't stop with China. The United States and China are intimately linked economically. The coronavirus outbreak could directly affect our economy, as well as the availability of many essential products that are made in China.

How the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak could affect economies

Zero Hedge reports that it has "all the hallmarks of a true Black Swan event." If you're not familiar with that term, it is a market-related term that describes a severe and unexpected event that cannot be predicted beforehand but could potentially cause catastrophic damage to the economy. (You can learn more about the term "black swan" here.)

A report on GnS suggests that it isn't just the US and China that could suffer economically. Tuomas Malinen writes that this could trigger a global economic catastrophe.

The first shoe to drop outside China is likely to be the export-and China-dependent Eurozone. And, as we have warned on several occasions, many European banks will be unable to withstand a recession (see also Q-Review 3/2019 and Q-Review 4/2019).

When the European banking crisis, driven by the ensuing recession, resumes it will "go-global" fast as Europe holds the biggest concentration of globally systemically important banks, or G-SIBs.

It is also unlikely that hyper-valued U.S. stock markets will be able to endure the impact of a global recession. This is even more the case if the Fed tapers its term repo-operations in February, as planned.

Global recession, a European banking crisis and a crash in the U.S. capital markets will produce a global economic collapse which will almost certainly overwhelm any attempts—massive and coordinated as they may be—to turn the tide by over-stretched central banks and over-indebted governments.

This is, why the coronavirus outbreak should be treated for what it is: a potential harbinger of human and economic calamity. (source)

Currently, at least, global stocks are rising in optimism of a slowdown of the spread of the virus, but the Federal Reserve is monitoring the risk of economic disruption.

What does this mean for us?

All this market stuff is a whole bunch of big numbers that don't feel very personally relatable. But that doesn't mean we won't suffer financially as a result of the outbreak.

Getting down to nuts and bolts, how will this affect us here in the United States personally? There are a few different ways.

First of all, we import a crapton of stuff from China.

The cost of goods could go up as China attempts to recover from its own economic crisis.

The availability of goods could decrease since 400 million people are currently locked down in China. It's a pretty safe guess that manufacturing is not ticking along as it has been in the past.

And it goes even deeper than that. Even products that are "made in China" have components that are made in the United States. A lot of the research and development is done in the states, and of course, the retail aspect also takes place here. In fact, 56% of what you pay for an item "made in China" goes to American workers and businesses.

And with the latest news that the virus can live up to 9 days on surfaces and that the actual incubation period is 24 days and not 14, well, bringing stuff in from China no longer seems like such a great idea now, does it?

So you can see how the ripple effect could cause a lot of problems on our side of the ocean.

Here are the products we currently import from China

Last April, the US and China were involved in a trade war that resulted in tariffs being added to products we were importing from China. At that time, my friend Marilyn Matthews compiled a very thorough list of the products that could see a price increase due to import tariffs.

That list is useful today in that we can use it to predict the products that could soon increase in price, be in short supply, or even be completely unavailable. You can use this list to foresee the things that could become a problem. Some things you could stock up on – like medications – but others are items you won't know you need until you actually need them – like parts to repair your furnace.

Tires, tire retreading products,  all rubber products including but not limited to stoppers, caps, lids, hoses, belts, tubes, pipes, etc. This will affect everything that rolls or is contained.

Antifreeze and de-icing fluids

Iron and iron alloys and steel products

Aluminum and alloys

Nuclear reactors and parts

Central heating units and parts, furnace burners and all parts, furnaces, ovens, and water heaters,

Turbines of all kinds, combustion piston engines, ignitions, compressors

Hydraulic engines, pneumatic engines, turbo engines

Pumps of all kinds

Machinery for food production commercial and home use

Papermaking and bookmaking, anything printed

Cartons, boxes, containers for mailing and shipping

Textile machines, any and everything to do with needlework of any kind in textiles

Metalworks:  Anything to do with machinery involved in this industry, drilling, milling, grinding, smoothing, shaping, punching, polishing, etc.

Woodworking machinery of any all kinds

Cast iron parts and products

Chainsaws and parts

Cash registers

Anything to do with computers, electronics, magnetic storage, whole or in parts

Medical devices



Car computer components,

Concrete mixers

Earthmoving, crushing, grinding, and sorting machinery of all kinds

Glass optic machinery

Assembly machinery of all kinds

Vacuum molding machinery

Thermoforming machinery

Rope and cable manufacturing machinery, both metal and fiber

Floor polishers,

Trash compactors


Ball bearings


Electric motors

Generators of all applications from large to small


Lab equipment for all applications

Broadcast equipment

Safety control equipment (flight record data box for example)

Railway and shipping equipment of any and all types


Motor vehicles of all kinds.  If it rolls it's on the list.

If it flies it's on the list as well as the parts to repair or assemble

If it floats it's on the list.

Satellites of all kinds and all parts

And it isn't just mechanical goods and electronics. A large number of medications and medical supplies will be affected:

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by chris gill
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the US has tossed aside our ability to make products we need in the USA. Government regs, political graft (both parties) have contributed greatly to this as had poor company management, Unions who want far more money than the skill and labor contribution warrants and the fact that a company can hire a whole team at the price of one US worker. The consumer is also at fault. (yes even me) A pain in the wallet is very real. Yet the American worker wages can't meet inflation with a dollar that is worth less every year. But if your wish is for a socialist system than look at China and blame the orange man

Comment by Ed Price
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Trump was attempting to use tariffs and foreign taxation to bring jobs back to America. Dems opposed him, along with many big business operations. Now, Coronavirus, is bringing about the thing Trump was trying to do, but without tariffs and foreign taxation. The question is, Is Trump indirectly behind the CV outbreak in China? Does Trump have friends and associates who are doing the CV spread for him - unofficially, of course? --- If this article is right, we will need to start producing a lot of products for ourselves, if we want to continue with our present lifestyle. Nobody really knows what the results will be. But it seems that Jobs will certainly be coming back to America.