In December 2019, weeks before the first Covid-19 case was reported in the U.S., a novel airborne respiratory virus hit Sarasota Military Academy (SMA), a public charter school in Sarasota, Florida. The virus spread swiftly and stealthily, causing flu-like symptoms. Healthcare workers were overwhelmed. Scientists raced to find a vaccine. The government struggled to manage the situation. And people panicked—some began hoarding food and face masks.
Fortunately, it was a simulation.