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Health Law Expected To Act As Crucial Safety Net Amid Pandemic. Will That Finally Sway Its Doubters?

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Millions of Americans have lost jobs and potentially the health care coverage that went along with them. The Affordable Care Act may serve as a crucial safety net to the country during this turbulent time. While the Trump administration has chipped away at the health law over the years, it might need to adjust its mentality and support the very thing it railed against. In other news on the economic toll of the outbreak: a look at how the recession is just getting started, how the stimulus package won’t mitigate all of the damage, a movement to get older Americans to work in the name of “patriotism,” and more.

Coronavirus Mostly Spreads Via Tight Social Clusters Which Scientists See As A Weakness To Be Exploited

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Scientists say the way the illness is mostly spreading is through close contact between friends, family members and colleagues. That means if officials can get ahead of the outbreak, they can test and isolate and then perhaps hold off the worst of the spread. Meanwhile, despite a rising sense of urgency around the globe and governments’ directives to practice social distancing, there are some who still won’t listen.

How Coronavirus Outbreak Is Altering Social Norms: ‘Quarantine Shaming’ Targets Those Not Listening To Health Experts

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Public health experts have been vocal about the need for Americans to practice social distancing. Those not getting the message–or not believing it–could start facing the wrath of the ones who are abiding by it. Meanwhile, experts explain why flattening the curve is so important, as they try to figure out what America will look like when the country emerges from the crisis.

Jobless Claims Spike And Experts Warn It’s Going To Get Worse Next Week

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Unemployment claims rose from 211,000 to 281,000, and the numbers come from before the worst of the shutdowns hit. State unemployment offices are buckling under the strain of the surge. Meanwhile, media outlets look at those most affected by the economic crisis, from mothers going without food so their children can eat to gig workers whose lives are upended. Meanwhile, the outbreak exposes vulnerabilities in America’s financial regulatory system, a decade after a massive overhaul was designed to prevent the next crisis.

There Is No Good Choice For Leaders When Potential To Save Lives Comes With Devastating Side-Effect Of Wrecked Economy

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The U.S. and governments around the world are taking extreme measures to stop the spread of the virus. But as a result the economy is tanking. “Everything else will come back,” President Donald Trump said. “Lives won’t come back.” But the economic health of a country is deeply tied to the physical health of its people, and the long-term stress could play out for years in the future. Meanwhile, media outlets take a look at some of the industries that have been hard-hit, including hotels, restaurants, gig jobs and small businesses.

Trump Attempts To Reassure Public That There Are No Food Shortages Amid Panic-Buying Induced By Coronavirus Fears

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President Donald Trump said there’s no need for Americans to hoard food and toiletries as the nation’s supply chains remain intact. But shoppers who went out over the weekend to stock up for weeks of isolation were met with empty shelves in many stores. Behavioral experts say the psychological drive behind the impulse to hoard is very human and understandable in times like these. Meanwhile, state attorneys general try to crack down on scams.

The Enormous Impact Social Distancing Can Have On The Spread Of A Deadly Virus

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A Washington Post interactive drew even former President Barack Obama’s attention for the way it explains how social distancing can help flatten the curve. In other news: a closer look at the virus itself and how it spreads, questions about the safety of food delivery, the way all this news is impacting people’s mental health, what you should do if you feel sick, and more.

Doubly Vulnerable: Older People Are Already Prone To Chronic Loneliness, What Happens To That Population In Midst Of Social Isolation?

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The elderly are getting hit hardest by the coronavirus and public health experts are recommending they avoid large crowds and other social gatherings. But for a group that already struggles with loneliness — which can lead to poor health outcomes — social distancing due to coronavirus will likely exacerbate the issue. Meanwhile, health officials and medical providers are having a difficult time convincing older Americans to take the threat seriously.