Addicted hit harder by COVID-19, nationwide study shows; doctors urged to make 'action plans'

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Having an addiction to any substance – from tobacco to fentanyl – makes people more susceptible to getting COVID-19, new research shows.

The study forewarns those who care for people with addiction to have action plans in place "to help shield them from infection and severe outcomes."

"That's the main message," said Rong Xu, co-author of the study and a researcher and professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

Xu and Dr. Nora Volkow, CEO of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), released their findings this week.

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