Seven Facts & Simulations on COVID-19 You Should Know About!

1. Is America All That Innocent? 

old man sitting on steps disappointed. Photo by Ben Hershey from Unsplash The ongoing uproar caused by this pandemic has been the talk of the news. There are factual things that U.S. news articles have not brought up. For example, the pandemic scenarios that have been rehearsed repeatedly through business and government dealings for the past century. Critics are saying that America has already predicted, prepared and planned for these types of pandemics since the 1990s with the bioterror simulation games up until 2005, and then took off through Hollywood productions. 

2. The online currency system plays a part.

Money really zoomed in. Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels In this interview with Economic expert, Catherine Austin Fitts, she elaborates on the plan that has been initiated within the economy. She went on to say, “We’ve had a Global reserve currency system, the dollar, and it needs to evolve in change…the central bankers are trying to bring a new system and to do it they are trying to extend the old and accelerate the new. And it makes it a very chaotic thing since much of the new is being tested and tried and prototyped, and it involves many different industries.” She also said that the healthcare crisis has been a way to push fear into people, using a virus in order to control the many. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of small businesses have closed down, leaving the owners with less money. Meanwhile, the big companies like Amazon and Walmart take in all the market share. “The lockdown measures were strategically set in place to centralized economic and political control,” said Austin Fitts. 

3. Simulation: Dark Winter (2001)

The project enacts a war game examination where national security, intergovernmental and information challenges arise on American land. They examined how a health crisis affected 25 states and 15 other countries. In the game, it took about 13 days for the disease to spread, and present were observers who watched terrorism and chaos in slow motion.  The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted the simulation, along with the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies and several other industries. Among the findings and discoveries from the project was, “should a contagious bioweapon pathogen be used, containing the spread of disease will present significant ethical, cultural, operational and legal challenges.” It seems as though America prepared and studied before COVID-19 happened, and their findings are similar to the issues we face today. Should the public question as to why these simulations took place? Or what is the initial meaning behind formulating such exercises? 

4. Simulation: Global Mercury (2003) 

On Sep. 8, 2003, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and other government officials met for yet another tabletop bioterrorism exercise. Global Mercury was used to “simulate a smallpox bioterrorism attack on member countries.” The reason for this matter was to reform and improve health security nationwide. The question remains as to who or what is causing these invisible enemies? The front-line workers that are preventing and healing individuals do not go unnoticed and are respected by the public. The same goes for the lives that have been lost due to the pandemic.

5. Simulation: Atlantic Storm (2005) 

During this ministerial simulation, transatlantic leaders enacted how they would respond to a fast-moving global epidemic. Atlantic Storm resembles the current situation the economy is facing. More information on the interactive show is available on its webpage. Videos are shown from BBC Newsnight in addition to articles on navigating, the sponsoring and executive committees in support of the simulation. 

6. Simulation: Clade X (2018)

To develop concise and effective strategic procedures, on May 15, 2018, many officials gathered in Washington, DC for the Clade X tabletop exercise. It showed how the United States and the world should behave to prevent the pandemic. Other plans were discussed in case the prevention measures did not succeed. Among the recommended tactics, number four on the list reads “develop a national plan to effectively harness all U.S. healthcare assets in a catastrophic pandemic.” The policies highlighted how America should prepare but not exactly “what” would cause these viruses to unleash on America. To what extent are these things going to be enforced? 

7. Simulation: Event 201 (2019) 

Pandemic cases - red on black screen Photo by Anton Uniqueton from Pexels Event 201 took place on Oct. 18, 2019, in New York, NY. In the meeting, gathered were The World Economic Forum, John Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The exercise elucidated the measures that would be needed in case a virus caused a global wipeout. They found that major cooperation would be needed from several industries to control and oversee the safety of society and the economy. Some may think that these exercises are rooted deeper than wanting to protect society, but to also control and minimize the size of the population.

With enacting these sorts of situations, it is clear to many that the United States government knows more than we all do. 

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