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As Chicagoans hunker down amid the pandemic, we check in with some familiar faces on how they’re weathering the storm and meet a new couple that is finding creative ways to stay connected with their grown children.

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The new coronavirus has upended lives across the globe. We take a look at the mental toll of social distancing, isolation and the fear of illness – and ways to cope.

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As we close out the first week of COVID-19 isolation efforts, Chicagoans are finding themselves with suddenly upended lives. How are you adapting to the “new normal”? 

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Full house? More and more Chicagoans are staying home to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. (WTTW News)

The coronavirus pandemic has altered daily life in every way, from increasing financial worries and food insecurity to simply upending routines. How can people adjust to a new normal in the face of all these new worries?

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan (Daniel Peckham / Flickr)

Concerns over the spread of the coronavirus have a lot of people working from home, schools closed, restaurants shuttered and sports canceled. Can we even go outside? Yes, say the experts, but still practice social distance.

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Active shooter drills are as common as reading, writing and arithmetic in American schools. But a new report says they are traumatizing students.

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State Sen. Rob Martwick says the bill would grant students up to five excused absences from class to let them “take care of their mental health, just like they would be with a broken bone or the flu.”

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Psychedelic mushrooms growing in Veracruz, Mexico. (Alan Rockefeller / Wikimedia Commons)

Chicago could become the largest city in the nation to decriminalize natural psychedelics like mushrooms and peyote.

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Violence in Chicago sometimes leads to descriptions of the city as a “battleground” or “war zone.” But author Dexter Voisin says those narratives ignore the structural issues behind the violence in many communities.

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The toll of gun violence from school shootings extends beyond victims. A new study finds local exposure to fatal shootings increases youth antidepressant use by 21% in the two years following a shooting.

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In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. With suicides on the rise, the government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. (AP Photo / Jenny Kane)

Once it’s implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number. 

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Wicker Park resident Jenny Doan poses for a picture Saturday Nov. 23 as she nears the end of her Guinness World Record attempt for longest marathon hula-hooping session. (Kristen Thometz / WTTW News)

The 29-year-old Wicker Park resident completed her Guinness World Record attempt for longest marathon hula-hoop session Saturday morning. “I’m so relieved,” Jenny Doan said.

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Wicker Park resident Jenny Doan hula-hoops Friday, Nov. 22 at District Brew Yards as she continues her attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for longest marathon hula-hooping session. Her goal is 100 hours. (Kristen Thometz / WTTW News)

The 29-year old Wicker Park resident has been hula-hooping for more than 75 hours straight, breaking the Guinness World Record for longest marathon hula-hooping session, but she’s not giving up until she reaches her personal goal of 100 hours.

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Wicker Park resident Jenny Doan hula-hoops at District Brew Yards. (Kristen Thometz / WTTW News)

Jenny Doan is planning to hula-hoop for 100 hours straight in order to break the Guinness World Record. We check in with her 31 hours into the challenge. “It’s been tiring,” said the 29-year-old Wicker Park resident.

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Wicker Park resident Jenny Doan plans to hula-hoop for 100 hours in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for marathon hula-hooping. (Courtesy of Jenny Doan)

Jenny Doan wants to break the Guinness World Record for marathon hula-hooping. In addition to “sheer resilience and grit,” it takes a little planning – and a lot of motivation. Here’s how she’s planning to tackle the challenge.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils a new mental health plan that includes a boost in funding. But some say it falls short of her promise to bring back six clinics that were shuttered by her predecessor in 2012.