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WASHINGTON — As much of the nation went into lockdown mode, President Trump promised a months-long effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which he called an “invisible enemy” with an astonishing capacity to sicken and kill. It was a stark departure from the president’s assertions early in the outbreak that the virus was no worse than the common flu and would go away on its own.


Asked whether the country was heading for an economic recession, the president said “it may be,” although he also said he expected the economy to recover quickly once the health emergency passes.


But that could some time from now. Trump’s remarks at a White House press briefing, where reporters were seated in staggered rows to keep their distance, prepared the nation for months austere measures. “They think August, it could be July, could be longer than that,” he said, speaking of what experts had been telling him.


Asked by a journalist what he had been telling his young son Barron, the president put things simply: “It’s bad. It’s bad.”


And in a truly uncharacteristic move, he praised members of the media, whom he has in the past derided as “enemies of the people.” Now he and others see them as essential messengers of public health directives.


“I think a lot of the media actually has been very fair,” Trump said. “I think people are pulling together on this. I really think the media has been very fair.”


It was the president’s fourth day in a row speaking from the White House, in a sign of how seriously the administration is now taking the epidemic that has sickened 4,200 and killed more than 70 Americans. Public health officials are racing to implement a nationwide coronavirus testing regime, which has been slow to get going. A Massachusetts company on Monday began human tests on a coronavirus vaccine, but it will take months — likely a year or more, experts have predicted — before a vaccine is available to the public.


Communities have responded by directing people to retreat from virtually all aspects of public life. Schools have closed around the nation. Trains run less frequently. Libraries are shuttered. The lights on Broadway have grown dark.


The widening lockdown has had a predictably adverse effect on the financial markets, which opened the week with a steep dive. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, whose record-setting performance had been a regular subject of Trump’s boasts over the last several years, is now within a few hundred points of where it was when Trump took office. Drastic measures taken the previous day by the Federal Reserve have, so far, not had their intended calmative effect.


Trump acknowledged that there were greater worries than the Dow Jones at hand. “The market will take care of itself,” he said, once the virus itself is defeated.