Stories by acacia hernandez

New Research Explores How COVID-19 Affects Your Sense of Smell

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Many unknowns about COVID-19 remain more than a year into the pandemic, among them the mysterious loss of taste and smell. But new research offers insight into the cause of this common symptom.

How a Newly Created Advisory Board Could Help Restore Chicago’s Urban Canopy

Currently, the city’s tree canopy cover is at 16%, a 3 percentage point decrease since 2010, according to a 2020 census of Chicago’s trees led by the Morton Arboretum. (WTTW News)

The City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance to create an Urban Forestry Advisory Board — charged with strategically caring for Chicago's urban tree canopy.

Local Street Markets Adjust to Pandemic Restrictions

The Lincoln Square Farmers Market is one of Chicago’s many street markets that have had to adapt to new health safety protocols in response to COVID-19. (WTTW News)

After a challenging year, Chicago’s street markets are adapting to new health and safety standards, and showing signs of recovery.

New Book ‘Nobody Knows’ Examines Intergenerational Trauma, Stress

The book cover for “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen: The Emotional Lives of Black Women.” (WTTW News via Amistad)

In her new book, author and psychologist Inger Burnett-Zeigler examines the stress, trauma and unacknowledged emotional suffering Black women have faced for generations, while offering a new way of being strong that includes being comfortable with vulnerability.

How Universities Are Preparing for Another School Year Amid COVID-19

The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. (WTTW News)

What will the fall semester look like on college campuses? We discuss reopening plans with the leaders of three area universities.

‘Aftershocks’ Series Uncovers Lasting Impacts of Chicago Gun Violence

The Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. (WTTW News)

Gun violence is on the rise in Chicago and across the country, and its impact is felt not only by victims, but their families and communities, too. We learn about a new series from The Trace, a national news organization covering gun violence in the U.S.