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What Is a Social Security Number?

Elderly person’s hands holding a Social Security card

If you’ve ever applied for a credit card or completed a job application, you’ve probably been asked for your Social Security number. This unique nine-digit number issued by the Social Security Administration is one of your most important pieces of identifying information. There are various ways your Social Security number is used and several important reasons why you need to have one. If you’ve ever wondered what the purpose of these numbers is,  how they’re assigned or how to make the most of your Social Security number, here’s a closer look at how they work.

Social Security Number, Definition

A Social Security number is a unique nine-digit code that’s used to identify you and track your earnings over the course of your lifetime. These numbers were first introduced in 1936 as a means of tracking earnings histories for U.S. workers. According

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Canadians don’t understand social gathering rules, second wave will be ‘more complicated’, officials

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 6,771 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 134,900 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

September 14

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Change how you approach social media in the post-COVID-19 world

No one really wins when a pandemic hits, but 2020 has been huge for social media. Entire populations have been encouraged or required to stay at home, concerned about infection risks, and feeling the need for connection even more than usual due to heightened uncertainty and anxiety. As a result, the shift of living our social lives online instead of IRL has sustained an alarming acceleration period.

And I’m not just talking about the massive growth in engaged usership on TikTok and Instagram. LinkedIn, the B2B social network, has also shown a huge spike in both the amount of published content and the volume of engagement with that content, according to data compiled by Transmission.

This opens up opportunities for marketers to enlarge their share of social attention, but only if you pay attention to the changing ways that consumers are using social media.

You can’t just unpause

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Change how you approach social media in the post-COVID-19 worldters need to approach social media differently in a post-COVID-19 world

No one really wins when a pandemic hits, but 2020 has been huge for social media. Entire populations have been encouraged or required to stay at home, concerned about infection risks, and feeling the need for connection even more than usual due to heightened uncertainty and anxiety. As a result, the shift of living our social lives online instead of IRL has sustained an alarming acceleration period.

And I’m not just talking about the massive growth in engaged usership on TikTok and Instagram. LinkedIn, the B2B social network, has also shown a huge spike in both the amount of published content and the volume of engagement with that content, according to data compiled by Transmission.

This opens up opportunities for marketers to enlarge their share of social attention, but only if you pay attention to the changing ways that consumers are using social media.

You can’t just unpause

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Learning pods help kids bridge social divide

Some parents who weren’t satisfied with the virtual end to the 2019-20 school year are turning to learning pods at the start of the 2020-21 school to ensure a bit of in-person education and socialization for their children.

The pods, sometimes called micro-schools, are often a group of students learning online in a shared learning space led by an adult — either a tutor paid to supervise and assist the students or a rotation of parents. 

Sometimes the pods are just for socializing, where a handful of students get together with, at times, a hired facilitator.

Regardless the purpose, trust among the families is key. “There is a lot of transparency in our pod, which is very crucial for this to even work,” Vikram Iyengar says about their four-child pod in Austin.

School at home: How to keep attending virtual classes from being a real pain in the neck

Learning

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Chrissy Teigen says she’s ‘barely online anymore’ after her therapist suggested a social media break

Chrissy Teigen is a cookbook author, former model, and media personality. <p class="copyright">Jean Baptiste Lacroix/AFP via Getty Images</p>
Chrissy Teigen is a cookbook author, former model, and media personality.
  • Chrissy Teigen has taken a step back from social media after her therapist recommended taking a break, she told Marie Claire on Tuesday. 

  • “I’m barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist,” she said. 

  • The “Cravings” author continued to explain that she started therapy for the first time during the pandemic. 

  • “I used to avoid it and make fun of the idea of it, and then I found the right person and it changed my world,” she said. 

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Chrissy Teigen is focusing on her mental health during the pandemic, and for her, that means stepping away from social media. 

“I’m barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist,” the 34-year-old “Cravings” author said during her interview with Marie Claire

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Why is Vin Scully jumping into social media at age 92? ‘I miss the fans’

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Former Dodgers announcer Vin Scully has something to say — and he’s not afraid to put it out there on social media. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

Out of nowhere, a monument fell.

One moment, Vin Scully was walking down his driveway to check on the mail. The next moment, he was lying face down on the pavement.

The unbreakable icon had collapsed, the eternal voice silenced. He awoke in the hospital with a concussion, broken nose, chipped tooth, three fractured ribs and a realization.

“It was like, ‘Hey, you’ve had a good life, but be ready pal, it’s just around the corner,’ ” said Scully, 92.

That was four months ago. The reasons for the fall were never determined. He hasn’t left his San Fernando Valley home since. He hasn’t even ventured back to that mailbox. His life now includes a

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How to cope during a time of social injustice, according to experts

Black mental health matters.

mental health of this community is vital.” data-reactid=”13″To say this is an exponentially tough time for black people in America would be an understatement ⁠– and that’s why protecting the mental health of this community is vital.

Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and now, Jacob Blake, among countless lives lost at the hands of police brutality — in addition to simultaneously experiencing a disproportionate rate of deaths from COVID-19 — have left many people of color fighting through psychological warfare.” data-reactid=”14″The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and now, Jacob Blake, among countless lives lost at the hands of police brutality — in addition to simultaneously experiencing a disproportionate rate of deaths from COVID-19 — have left many people of color fighting through psychological warfare.

post. “#JacobBlake is still alive however the video is daunting on our community!””

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Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan talk social media in video call from new house; Meghan joins voter registration drive

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan addressed using social media for good in their first joint video call since they moved to a new estate in Santa Barbara last month.” data-reactid=”6″Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan addressed using social media for good in their first joint video call since they moved to a new estate in Santa Barbara last month.

who are rapidly becoming leading media critics, this week joined four members of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to talk about how the online world can be used as “a force for good” by young people in Commonwealth nations around the world.” data-reactid=”7″The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are rapidly becoming leading media critics, this week joined four members of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to talk about how the online world can be used as “a force for good” by young people in Commonwealth nations around the world.

Harry and Meghan called in

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Online prayers. Social distancing in the pews. Christian leaders debate how to do church amid pandemic.

On a recent Sunday, Rod Loy, senior pastor at the First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas, delivered the message of the Gospel through his computer screen.

“It’s easy to live out your faith when everything is going good,” he preached to his congregation. “But the real test is difficult. How does your faith hold up when the doctor gives you a bad report, the kids get bad grades, and you can’t pay your bills? How does your faith hold up when you lose your job in the middle of a pandemic? The true test of faith is a difficulty, hardship and persecution.” 

As he spoke, members of the church typed “amen” in the comment section. The church has been using Facebook to livestream its services for the past couple of months.  

Across the U.S., faith leaders are debating how they can continue to pray in fellowship with

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