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Covid-19: Trump shifts tone by endorsing masks and admitting US situation will worsen

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2989 (Published 24 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2989

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

President Donald Trump signalled a shift in tone this week by admitting that the US covid-19 epidemic “would unfortunately get worse before it gets better.”

In his first televised press briefing since April on Tuesday 21 July, the president, reading from a prepared statement, also reversed his previous position and encouraged Americans to wear masks. He boasted about his successful handling of the pandemic, the provision of supplies to health workers, the “tremendous amount of testing,” and low death rates, although on a per capita basis other nations are doing far better. He repeated his claim that the virus would eventually disappear.

At a second briefing on 22 July, Trump again …

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