Nearly 13,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Nationwide, that number jumps to more then 375-thousand.

Shannon Lora, a critical care nurse at UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital, has been working with COVID-19 patients since the spring. She says that she thinks there's a disconnect between some people's behavior and what she has seen in her ICU.

"People say, 'Oh, I'm not gonna die because I'm healthy and I'm young.' Well that's not true," Lora said. "We've had young, healthy people die. We've had old, sick people die. We've had middle-aged, healthy people die. I don't think this pandemic judges what your age is or your race or your pre-existing medical conditions, or anything like that. If it's gonna getcha, it's gonna getcha, and it's gonna getcha hard. You better hope you make it out of there, and you better hope your nurses are there to be there for you to get you out of there, because it's tough. It's really tough."

Processing all this death and uncertainty can be a challenge for adults, but it's even more challenging for children. We also heard from Dr. Elizabeth Englander, the executive director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University and the author of the new book “The Insanely Awesome Pandemic Playbook: A Humorous Mental Health Guide For Kids.”

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Dr. Elizabeth Englander - 2:28
Shannon Lora - 17:58