The anxieties and dislocations brought on by COVID-19 induced changes to how we work and live can negatively impact learning. The added stresses student experience can impact their abilities to self-regulate learning behaviors and focus on their work. It is important to devise strategies for your course design and classroom to support learning during trauma, not least because of COVID-19. In general this involves being flexible and allowing students to use their voices to make choices about their learning.
Teaching during trauma and crisis approaches are well detailed on the Yale-NUS College CTL website.