Right now, we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and it does not take a rocket scientist to see that the Trump Administration is woefully unprepared to deal with it. However, it seems that the Department of Health and Human Services, through an exercise conducted months ago, already knew that before the COVID-19 crisis hit.
A simulation named in code “Crimson Contagion” was conducted in 2019. It was almost just like what we are going through right now in real life.
The exercise supposed that a viral flu that started in China had to be contained by people in charge of federal and state agencies, as well as lawmakers. In “Crimson Contagion,” it took just 47 days for the situation to reach pandemic status.
The fake flu scenario was conducted between January and August of last year, and exposed a plethora of holes when it came to the United States government’s ability to handle a real pandemic. Said holes included but were not limited to problems with cash flow, a lack of continuity in responses from state and local governments, and a lack of leadership in key agencies.
Dan Coats, who is the former Director of National Intelligence (and was a casualty of Trump’s many tantrum-like firings), had put out a Worldwide Threat Assessment Report while he was still employed by the United States government. The report said, in part, that America would “remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support.”
In other words, we can lay the blame for the current situation directly at Trump’s feet. Then again, we already knew that. This bumbling excuse for a president and his clown car Administration has been a clear and present danger to the nation and world since day one, and yet nobody did anything about it, and here we are.
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