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Pandemic Can Hurt More Than Just Bodies

We already know how damaging the virus can be if we’re infected with it, but its mere presence is having an effect, not that different from the trauma many children had post-911 watching planes repeatedly crash into the Twin Towers. And it’s worst among those with existing stressors, like anxiety, depression, ADHD, or behavioral problems. Worse, teens typically depend on peer networks, and they’ve been compromised or disrupted; there’s “more anxiety because they feel so much more out of control,” says Mary Alvord.

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