President Trump acknowledged Monday the effects of coronavirus are likely to worsen.
"Certainly this is going to be bad,” Trump said, agreeing with remarks his surgeon general made earlier in the day predicting a deteriorating situation this week.
“We’re trying to make it much much less bad," Trump went on. "Obviously the numbers are going to increase with time and then they're going to decrease.”
The President seemed to downplay the situation somewhat, indicating the flu presented a similarly poor outlook: “We have a lot of people dying from the flu,” he said.
He suggested the period of national self-isolation guidance would not last months as he looks to restart the American economy.
“I'm not looking at months, I'll tell you right now,” Trump said. “We’re going to open up our country.”
Trump repeatedly said the period of containment measures recommended by the federal government wouldn’t stretch to three or four months.
He wouldn’t put a firm timeline on when the recommendations on social distancing would end.