Panic? It is about PANIC?
If a captain of a sinking ship really had wanted to calm people down to prevent a panic, even by “softening” the facts, they would have been like a Titanic captain who, knowing the ship was going down, would tell people, “Stay calm, we’re fine, but please, slowly, carefully put on your life preserver and move slowly but steadily to the lifeboats — we’re going to be fine, it’s just a precaution, but please, everyone, put on your life preserver and move to the lifeboats just to play it safe.”
What Trump did instead was tell everyone, “We’re fine.” But then instead of calmly encouraging rescue measures like putting on the life preserver and going to the life boats, “Go back to your staterooms. It is all a hoax. You don’t need no life boats and only pussies wear life preservers.”