Everyone’s drilling – Crimson Contagion 

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Crimson Contagion was a simulation administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from January to August 2019 that tested the capacity of the U.S. federal government and twelve U.S. states to respond to a severe influenza pandemic originating in China. The exercise involves a scenario in which tourists returning from China spread a respiratory virus in the United States, beginning in Chicago. In less than two months the virus had infected 110 million Americans, killing more than half a mil

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  1. xileffilex

    I noticed Crimson Contagion at Cluesforum April 15 2020
    below which were some cited references


    The sudden interest in Crimson Contagion was prompted by a paywalled NYT article on March 19 , picked up by CNN

    The information pack is archived here
    web.archive.org/web/2020032603… Contagion – Private Sector.pdf

    notice it links to the Johns Hopkins Cladex drill from 15 months prior to Crimson Contagion.

    The day after the NYT piece, the response to the CC drill from December 2019 was archived
    Flu Season: U.S. Public Health
    Preparedness and Response
    Statement of Robert Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS
    Assistant Secretary For Preparedness and Response [ASPR]

    which showed an inability to deal with a pandemic in terms of vaccines/hardward
    ASPR has made major progress towards pandemic influenza preparedness. Our nation must continue to invest in domesticallybased pandemic preparedness efforts and work with key global partners to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to emerging pandemic threats.

    Not knowing a “pandemic” was just around the corner. Fancy that!

    There are some references to Crimson Contagion in twitter before March 2020
    CNA @CNA_org
    ·9 Dec 2019
    Proud to say we are “Dedicated to the Safety and Security of the Nation.” CNA’s Crimson Contagion 2019 Functional Exercise findings on seasonal and pandemic flu preparedness were highlighted by the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
    @HHSGov @PHEgov @CDCgov @NIH

    Erie Co EOC @ErieCoEOC
    ·14 Aug 2019
    Erie co EMA and Dept. Of Heath getting ready for our participation in the National “Crimson Contagion” pandemic exercise that will start this afternoon and continue into Thursday. Are you disaster ready?

    ·6 Aug 2019
    H-ISAC August newsletter: European and Fall Summit Highlights; New Exercises; Crimson Contagion 2019; Payers Special Interest Council; Upcoming Events and more 1ad.biz/s/TwI6N ##hisac #healthcare #healthinsurance #medicaldevice @HHS

    Rob Wronski @SCEMS1
    ·19 Jun 2019
    Replying to @rbarishansky
    One of the many reasons @southcarolina EMS, @SCEMS1, and @scdhec
    are proud and willing participants in Crimson Contagion in August 2019. #embracethevax

    Melanie Thompson @pigsnfish
    ·15 May 2019
    Replying to @AndyPinPA
    One of the best, albeit totally unimportant, parts of my job is getting to name exercises. I love the name Crimson Contagion!!

    Perhaps Covid19 was what they were waiting for…
    What happened to bird flu? How a major threat to human health faded from view
    By HELEN BRANSWELL @HelenBranswell FEBRUARY 13, 2019
    Bird flu the coop
    Just over a dozen years ago, a bird flu virus known as H5N1 was charting a destructive course through Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East, ravaging poultry in apocalyptic numbers and killing 6 in 10 humans known to have contracted it.

    The overall human death toll was low — in the hundreds — but scientists and government officials feared that the virus could ignite a human pandemic reminiscent of the catastrophic 1918 Spanish flu. Emergency plans were drafted, experimental H5N1 vaccines were created and tested, antiviral drugs were stockpiled.

    And then … nothing happened.
    The virus continued to kill chickens and to occasionally infect and sometimes kill people. But as the years passed, the number of human H5N1 cases subsided. There has not been a single H5N1 human infection detected since February 2017.

    This is the good news. The bad news is that the situation could change in an instant.
    “We don’t know how the story’s going to end,”
    warned Nancy Cox, who retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in late 2014 after leading its influenza operations for more than two decades.

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