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Before the coronavirus outbreak, a cascade of preparedness warnings


March 20, 2020

Evan Vucci • Associated Press

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a teleconference with governors at FEMA headquarters on Thursday. Governors have complained of a lack of test and medical supplies.

WASHINGTON – The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers. In the United States, it was first detected in Chicago, and 47 days later the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. By then it was too late: 110 million Americans were expected to become ill, leading to 7.7 million hospitalized and 586,000 dead.

That scenario, code-named "Crimson Contagion," 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.


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