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    1. Coronavirus cases are rising, but Covid-19 deaths are falling. What’s going on? - Vox

      Coronavirus cases are rising, but Covid-19 deaths are falling. What’s going on? - Vox

      There is something confounding about the US’s new coronavirus spikes: Cases are rising, but the country is seeing its lowest death counts since the pandemic first exploded.

      The numbers are genuinely strange to the naked eye: On July 3, the US reported 56,567 new Covid-19 cases, a record high. On the same day, 589 new deaths were reported, continuing a long and gradual decline. We haven’t seen numbers that low since the end of March.

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    2. Coronavirus boosts mental health app and chatbot usage

      Coronavirus boosts mental health app and chatbot usage

      Over the past two weeks, my closest friend and I have regularly traded our worst Covid-19 anxieties over text. She’d tell me she couldn’t stop crying, worried about her parents’ job security and an abrupt transition to working from home. I was nervous about extensive self-isolating, scouring the news every few minutes for bright spots amid mostly tragedy-ridden headlines.

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    3. Who pays the lowest taxes in the US? - Vox

      Who pays the lowest taxes in the US? - Vox

      A “fun” piece of tax trivia — if there even is one — is that nearly half of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes. It’s something you’ll hear from conservative pundits, often to make the point that poor people aren’t paying their fair share in taxes.

      The easy rebuttal is that there are several other taxes in the US — many of which put a bigger burden on poor people than rich people. But a recent analysis by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, as presented in their book, found that poor people may be paying nearly the same portion of their income in taxes as rich people. In their New York Times op-ed, they called America’s system a “giant flat tax.”

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    4. Joe Biden’s health care plan, explained

      Joe Biden’s health care plan, explained

      Joe Biden has a health care plan. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Joe Biden has a health care plan that, while not going nearly as far as “Medicare for All” in initiating a single big-bang transformation of the American health care system, would nonetheless, if implemented, arguably be the most dramatic piece of new social legislation since the Great Society.

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    5. Obamacare did not cause the opioid epidemic

      Obamacare did not cause the opioid epidemic

      Obamacare did not cause the opioid epidemic This argument has been popping up on social media. But it’s rebuked by the basic concept of time. That’s what Conn Carroll, communications director for Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee, suggested on Wednesday night, tweeting that “expanded coverage helped CAUSE the opioid crisis” and “free pills means more addicts.” It’s not just Carroll; I have also seen this argument pop up more and more on social media as discussions about Obamacare repeal’s effect on the opioid epidemic have played out. The argument: By expanding access to insurance, more people ...

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    6. Loneliness may be as bad for you as cigarettes. It's also essential.

      Loneliness may be as bad for you as cigarettes. It's also essential.

      Loneliness is epidemic, and in the coming years it could explode.

      Forty percent of people age 65 and older report being lonely at times. And the percentage of people living alone has been rising steadily since the 1960s.

      Look at this GIF of how America will age until 2050. It's a wave of increasing old age, but it may also represent a soul-crushing wave of loneliness as baby boomers age into their 70s.

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