Gee, ya think?

Courtesy of NBC News

President Donald Trump offered a newly sober projection for the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, warning Americans that the country had not yet seen the worst of it.

“It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better. Something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is,” Trump said at his first coronavirus-related news conference in weeks.

Trump, who had resisted wearing face coverings in public, also encouraged Americans to wear masks to help stop the spread of the virus.

“America’s youth will act responsibly, and we’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask. Get a mask,” Trump said. “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact, they’ll have an effect, and we need everything we can get.”

Although Trump offered his most realistic picture yet of the challenges facing Americans as case numbers continue to rise, he still made false statements about the U.S. mortality rate, hospital capacity and states’ preparedness to combat the virus.

“Fatalities nationwide have fallen 75 percent since mid-April. It’s a great number. As cases and fatalities rise in certain hard-hit states, which you’re looking at right now, we’re surging personnel, supplies and therapeutics. We again have tremendous amounts of supplies. We are in very good shape, and we can move them quickly,” Trump said.

According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, especially when adjusted per 100,000 people. Internal White House documents obtained by NBC News also show that the federal government may not have the capacity to supply medical professionals with personal protective equipment, and multiple governors have recently warned of testing shortages.

Trump continued to stand by his claim that, contrary to all evidence, the coronavirus will “just disappear.”

“Well, the virus will disappear. It will disappear,” Trump said when pressed by reporters.

While I guess it demonstrates some progress that Trump realizes things will get worse and is promoting the use of masks, he continues to be the main source for misinformation about this virus and to give bad advice to the American people. 

There is no indication that this virus will “just go away” unless Trump is predicting that after it infects and kills a majority of us it will have nowhere to go and then die out. 

I mean in that case, he’s not wrong. 

By the way, I found it especially notable that Trump did not have a single medial expert with him behind that podium. 

According to Dr. Fauci, he did not even know Trump was holding on of these until a reporter asked him about it. 

That indicates that Trump does not want their scientific and medical facts to get in the way of his bullshit.