JUST POSTED: Months before President Trump downplayed concerns that coronavirus would spread widely in the US, his own agencies had conducted a chilling exercise anticipating a respiratory virus that begins in China and kills as many as 586,000 in U.S.
Wow. Trump’s administration simulated a deadly pandemic outbreak from China throughout 2019 and found the government response “underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated” They did next to nothing to fix it — and went on to propose even deeper CDC cuts
This story is chilling.
Trump keeps saying again today from the White House that nobody every thought this could happen. That is false. His own administration knew it could happen and likely would. And they also knew they were unprepared.
Here again is the story that looks at this history. It was not a "Failure of Imagination," which is what was said after Sept. 11. It was a failure to act on clearly identified threats. Story by with
This is worth highlighting: As recently as February 10, the president wanted to cut CDC budget by $693 million. Yes, you read that right. via
NEW: HHS ran a pandemic exercise last fall that foresaw many of the scary problems America now faces. The NYT obtained the draft report. and me.
BREAKING: EVERYONE SAW THIS COMING: "Crimson Contagion" was the code name for a Federal Government war-gamed training operation last year...UNDER TRUMP...that proved nobody here is ready for a big pandemic event. They classified and buried the results.
Trump: "Nobody would have ever thought a thing like this could happen." Again, many people thought a thing like this could happen, including the Trump administration, which conducted a simulation last year underscoring how underprepared the government was.
“On Feb. 10, nearly three weeks after the first coronavirus case was diagnosed in the United States, Mr. Trump submitted a 2021 budget proposal that called for a $693.3 million reduction in funding for the C.D.C.” #COVID19
"The simulation’s sobering results — contained in a draft report dated October 2019 not previously been reported — drove home just how underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated the federal government would be for a life-or-death battle with a virus."
A pandemic scenario, code-named “Crimson Contagion,” was simulated by the Trump administration last year: A respiratory virus began in China, was then detected in Chicago, and 47 days later, was declared a pandemic. By then it was too late.
Trump says “no one in their wildest dreams would’ve thought we’d need tens of thousands of ventilators” Reality:
Unheeded warnings and ignored requests: President Trump says no one could have seen the coronavirus coming. In fact, his own government did.
A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded, Before Virus Outbreak
They knew. They wrote a report on it and then buried it from the public. Lives and livelihoods could have been saved. And yet they did nothing.
Chilling article lays out Trump Administration missteps. I would suggest rewriting this headline not in the passive voice.
"Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion." Actually, Trump's own HHS gamed this out last year, driving home just how unprepared the government would be for a new virus.
A U.S. government simulation last year named “Crimson Contagion” made it clear the country wasn’t ready for a pandemic. But little was done in response.
‼️ “The simulation’s sobering results drove home just how underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated the federal government would be for a life-or-death battle with a virus for which no treatment existed.” #CrimsonContagion
“In 2016, the Obama admin produced a comprehensive report on the lessons learned by the government from battling Ebola. In January 2017, outgoing Obama officials ran an extensive exercise on responding to a pandemic for the incoming Trump admin.”
The US government had multiple warnings about being ill-prepared for an outbreak. "The draft report, marked “not to be disclosed,” laid out in stark detail repeated cases of “confusion” in the exercise. Federal agencies jockeyed over who was in charge ..."
NEW: In 2019, the Trump administration ran a previously undisclosed pandemic simulation that showed "just how underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated the federal gov't would be for a life-or-death battle with a virus for which no treatment existed."
In a simulation last year, the government prepared for a respiratory pandemic that began in China and spread to the United States, killing 586,000. It made clear that the U.S. was not ready for such an outbreak — with prescient parallels to today.
Studies showed how underfunded &underprepared the fed. government would be for a battle w. a deadly virus. A government exercise run last year projected that 110 million Americans could be expected to become ill & 586,000 dead. These warnings went unheeded
Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded. Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done.
Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded
Exclusive: The U.S. government ran pandemic exercises last year that showed it was not ready. So when they saw the virus spread around the world, why wasn’t more done quickly?
Bombshell from late yesterday. US ran a simulated flu pandemic last year. 110 million Americans were expected to become ill, leading to 7.7 million hospitalized and 586,000 Report here dead. Official document linked here
I think this is what happens when you put people who don’t believe in government in charge of government via ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
Amazing -- The United States ran a massive simulation for a coronavirus-style outbreak last year. It was called "Crimson Contagion". A classified report on it was drafted in Oct. 2019. And yet when it did strike, the Trump administration was not ready
“Crimson Contagion” was a pandemic simulation by Trump’s Dept of Health & Human Services done Jan-Aug 2019. It showed the US was drastically unprepared for a major crisis that WAS anticipated. It was ignored.
The simulation’s sobering results — contained in a draft report dated October 2019 — drove home just how underfunded, underprepared & uncoordinated the US would be for a life-or-death battle with a virus for which no treatment existed.
"If people would have known about it, it could have been stopped in place," says. This story on NYT homepage as he speaks live
As for Trumps' repeated claims that this kind of scenario was unimaginable....it wasn't unimaginable to his own administration, which ran an exercise in 2019 that eerily foreshadowed how COVID has played out.
Before #COVID19 Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded
The Trump administration knew this was coming. Everyone knew this was coming.
Coronavirus Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded
A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded, Before Virus Outbreak - The New York Times by @n/a via
“Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done.”
DENIAL OF REALITY & ITS COSTS
Coronavirus Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded - Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done. ⁦
People are mad because the administration knew last year that we were short on supplies. Why didn’t they start then to make enough PPE to shore up what was needed everywhere?
I am sorry to dwell on this, but it makes me so mad that Trumpism — an anti-science, anti-government ideology and a culture of toadyism and corruption — has caused this suffering. We must never forget. It is a virus itself, in our body politic.
Coronavirus Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded - The New York Times
Before Virus Outbreak, Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded. Blockbuster report
3 major front page pieces 1. The chilling story of "Crimson Contagion"--the "underfunded, underprepared, uncoordinated" and "not to be disclosed" state of un-readiness for a simulated viral pandemic
In the coming months, we are going to see a lot of gaslighting about "nobody could have foreseen this" and "it was impossible to prevent". Know that this is simply not true. Global pandemic risk is not new, and there is no excuse for being poorly prepared
Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded
Does not look like this 2019 test run--"Crimson Contagion"--uncovered the inability of the CDC to go to scale on virus tests. Seems a big failure. Maybe should point out?
Before virus outbreak, a cascade of warnings went unheeded
Reading this, not encouraged the gov has the same tracker on the wall that I have up on this computer
There were multiple such simulations and warning for years before Hurricane Katrina
“Nobody ever thought of numbers like this,’’ Mr. Trump said on Wednesday, at a news conference. In fact, they had.
Trump HHS ran “Crimson Contagion," simulation LAST YEAR, which "drove home just how underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated the federal government would be for a life-or-death battle with a virus for which no treatment existed." 8/n via
Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded
Damning. Frankly they could have gone back further than April 2009 to demonstrate the long-standing nature of USG concerns over a potential pandemic
"Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done."
This article on #pandemicplanning and my own reporting (e.g., ) make me deeply angry. We did not have to be in this position, people! Criminal amnesia is a charitable way of putting it.
Obama team ran simulations for initial Trump folks on situations just like this. But those folks are long gone.
Oh FFS: US national security & HHS ran a viral outrbeak simulation in August 2019, "Crimson Contagion," presciently predicting corona-like event and obstacles US would face. Report was buried apparently
Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded
"Crimson Contagion:" Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded
Crimson Contagion
A murder of crows, a conspiracy of ravens, a parliament of owls, a cascade of warnings…
good to see the "nobody could have foreseen" trope is still alive and well... “Nobody knew there would be a pandemic or epidemic of this proportion. Nobody has ever seen anything like this before.” -
Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded
(The US Administration simulated a pandemic outbreak emerging from China in 2019. No surprise it found government response “underfunded, under-prepared and uncoordinated” Its response: proposed deeper cuts to CDC budget.