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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Snapchat will launch a new health and wellness initiative ahead of schedule Thursday in order to address its users' growing anxiety about the coronavirus. Snapchat will also introduce new features and content to help educate users about safety measures and available resources.

Why it matters: Millennials and Gen Z, the main demographics that use Snapchat, are being criticized by health authorities for not taking the virus seriously, since early health reports showed that it was less lethal for young people.

Details: Snapchat will launch its previously-teased "Here For You" tool within its search bar that surfaces content from experts when Snapchatters search for mental health, anxiety, depression, suicide, and related topics.

  • The tool will include a separate search function that surfaces content on anxiety specifically related to coronavirus that's being produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). the Crisis Text Line support network, the Ad Council and the National Health Service (NHS).
  • According to the new Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, three-quarters (75%) of millennials ages 18-29 say they are somewhat or extremely worried about the outbreak.

Snapchat will also introduce a set of new creative tools that will help users share factual information about the coronavirus epidemic with each other.

  • One tool which recently launched is a nationwide Snapchat Filter that includes advice sourced from the World Health Organization on how to stay safe.

Snapchat is working with dozens of partners to surface and curate credible information about the virus.

  • A Snapchat spokesperson says it's working with WHO to develop custom content to answer questions from Snapchat users about the virus.
  • Snapchat is also working with nearly 40 media partners globally via its content arm, Discover, to elevate vetted information about the virus.

The big picture: Officials say that millennials aren't doing enough to stop the spread of the virus, which is why Snapchat feels it has a unique role to play in elevating important information about the importance of things like social distancing.

  • "They are the core group that will stop this virus.," said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, at a briefing Wednesday. "They intuitively know how to contact each others without being in large social gatherings," she said, referring to millennials' smartphone skills.
  • She also noted that there may be a disproportional number of infections among millennials, who could spread the disease to other, more vulnerable, generations.

What's next: The new coronavirus tools will be available to Snapchat users early next week. The mental health and wellness tools will be available globally Thursday.

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Consumers and retailers alike are still trying to figure out what Americans will want to wear as they head back out into the world after a year at home, in sweatpants.

Why it matters: The choices people make about their post-pandemic wardrobes will help define what, exactly, our “new normal” is. They'll indicate how both work and socializing have changed, and will tell the story of how people expressed themselves in the aftermath of a year of massive transformation.

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The United Nations Security Council was preparing to meet Sunday, as the aerial bombardment between Israel and Hamas between entered a seventh day.

The latest: Four Palestinians died in airstrikes early Sunday, as Israeli forces bombed the home of Gaza's Hamas chief, Yehya al-Sinwar, per Reuters.

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A protest march in support of Palestinians near the Washington monument in Washington, D.C. on May 15. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of people rallied across the U.S. and the world Saturday following days of violence in Gaza and Israel that's killed at least 145 Palestinians, including 41 children, and eight Israelis, per AP.

The big picture: Most demonstrations were in support of Palestinians. There were tense scenes between pro-Israeli government protesters and pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Winnipeg, Canada, and Leipzig, Germany, but no arrests were made, CBS News and DW.com report.

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