In the midst of a pandemic that shows no sign of flattening, the latest tweet from Trump sounds a most distressing alarm, though for one who is a president of prevarication it’s hard to determine when he’s leveling with the AMERICAN people.

On Tuesday, March 31, he said the nation should prepare for days of peril with the COVID-19 adding between 100,000 and 240,000 casualties, making it the most destructive outbreak in recent history.

Currently, there are more than 4,000 deaths from the disease in the nation, making it more devastating than the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001 and surpassing the number of coronavirus deaths in China. And, at last, Trump’s tone has changed and the characteristic dismissal and denial of the plague is somewhat muted.

“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks,” Trump announced in the White House briefing room. This was a far cry from the contrary responses he has usually delivered at the briefings, many of which were barbed and aimed at Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The first instance of Trump’s change about the spread of the virus occurred when he stopped pushing the notion that businesses would be re-opened by Easter. Such a notion was widely rejected by the CDC and medical experts who insisted that the measure would increase the lethal spread of the disease. Trump also began to cede far more time and space to members of his task force, giving him less time at the podium to pontificate and prevaricate.

According to several medical experts, to speculate that the number of casualties will reach an apex of 100,000 to 240,000 would mean that more than a million people have been infected with the virus. Whether the various preventive measures employed now are effective has evoked a number of troubling questions. Are the masks needed, are there enough ventilators and hospital beds, and how long will the virus last and when will a vaccine be available?

There are clearly more questions than answers and the number of casualties continue to mushroom around the world and across the nation with huge outbreaks in Detroit and New Orleans. Even so, New York City remains the nation’s epicenter, and citizens here get daily reports from Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo, often disputing Trump’s conclusions about the existence of various medical supplies.

But at least Trump seems to be heeding the findings of his task force and medical team, and that alone is a portion of relief.