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Snapchat is launching in in-app meditation experience with Headspace, a meditation app often used to help mitigate stress and anxiety. The feature will include expert resources related to emotional and physical well being for users during the pandemic and beyond.

Why it matters: Snapchat's core user base is under 30 years old, and many are coping with missing out on school, sports and socialization thanks to COVID-19.

Details: The feature, which will roll out to Snapchatters this week, will also include daily meditations and tools for users to check in with their friends.

  • In a statement, Snapchat says that the features were informed by research conducted late last year into how Snapchatters and their friends experience mental health. They found that its younger audience base tends to consult their friends first about mental health issues, before their parents.

Be smart: The partnership is also one of Snapchat's early testing grounds for its new "Minis" features, which allows developers to integrate their apps and tools within conversations on Snapchat that allow users to interact more closely.

  • Using Minis, Snapchat friends can coordinate within the app to share activities, like meditation or purchases.

The big picture: Snapchat has been expanding its focus on health and wellbeing this year. It expedited the launch of its health and wellness initiative in order to address its users' growing anxiety about the coronavirus.

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Oct 1, 2020 - Science

How the brain handles the unknown

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Uncertainty can be hard for humans. It drives anxiety, an emotion neuroscientists are trying to understand and psychologists are trying to better treat.

Why it matters: Under the threat of a virus, job insecurity, election uncertainty, and a general pandemic life-in-limbo that is upending school, holidays and more, people are especially anxious.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage" Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse.
  2. Health: Hospitals face a crush — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota cases traced to three Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Putin mandates face masks.

Louisiana braces for 3rd hurricane in 2 months as Tropical Storm Zeta nears

Municipality workers clean the streets of garbage in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Tuesday that was left by Zeta, which struck the Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 1 Hurricane a day earlier — causing no major damage to infrastructure. Photo: Medios y Media/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to strengthen back into a hurricane and bring dangerous storm surge conditions to parts of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday, ahead of the storm's expected arrival south of New Orleans.