ex·as·per·ate / iɡ ˈzaspəˌrāt / verb
to irritate, frustrate, or annoy (someone) intensely.
Example = "My silliness exasperated my mother, but the current situation was NOT annoyed by the pandemic."
ex·ac·er·bate / iɡˈzasərˌbāt / verb
to make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse.
Example = "The pandemic exacerbated the money problems of many people."