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|COVID-19 risk and outcomes in patients with substance use disorders: analyses from electronic health records in the United States
|Clinical / academic research study report.
|What they did
|Researchers looked at the clinical records of 73 million patients across the U.S.A. They wanted to see if people who had a diagnosed drug problem were (1) more likely to be infected with Covid and (2) more likely to be hospitalised or die if they had Covid.
|What they found
|People diagnosed with a drug problem in the past year were almost 9 times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid compared to people without a drug problem. The risk was even higher for people who were diagnosed with an opioid addiction who were 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid than people without a drug problem.
Among people with Covid, those who had a diagnosed drug problem were more likely to be hospitalised (41%) than those without a drug problem (30%).
Among people with Covid, those who had a diagnosed drug problem were more likely to die (10%) compared to those without a drug problem (7%).