Sunday, March 7, 2021

“Crimson Contagion” a pandemic drill run in 2019

 “Crimson Contagion” a pandemic drill run in 2019 

That scenario, code-named “Crimson Contagion” and imagining an influenza pandemic, was simulated by the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services in a series of exercises that ran from last January to August.

The simulation’s sobering results — contained in a draft report dated October 2019 that has 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 for which no treatment existed.

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. State officials and hospitals struggled to figure out what kind of equipment was stockpiled or available. Cities and states went their own ways on school closings.

HHS report with dates 

"Crimson Contagion" = 189 (English Ordinal)
"This is not a drill" = 189 (English Ordinal)
"the knights of Malta" = 189 (English Ordinal)

"Crimson" = 44 (Reverse Full Reduction)

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