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Health and wellness apps offer freebies for coping with coronavirus

As uncertainty continues to grow around the coronavirus pandemic and life in seclusion mounts, so has the level of stress and anxiety for many consumers.

Popular health and wellness apps are now offering free services to help people cope in the midst of unprecedented times. 

Meditation app Headspace announced Monday that it is offering free premium services to all U.S. health care professionals working in public health through 2020. The app’s premium membership, used in nearly 190 countries, usually runs for $12.99 a month. Headspace says it hopes to address the rising levels of stress and burnout faced by healthcare workers. 

Meditation apps like Headspace, Simple Habit and others are offering free services, as stress and anxiety over coronavirus rises.

“Healthcare providers are on the front lines of this public health crisis, making sure our communities receive necessary and critical care,” said Dr. Megan Jones Bell, chief science officer for Headspace, in a news release. “That’s why it’s crucial for us to find ways to support their mental health and provide them with tools for managing the very real personal toll this crisis takes on them in particular.”

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