Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?

Last Updated: Friday, May 15, 2020

vaping_article.jpg(NIDA Blog Team, April 27) A coronavirus is one type of virus; colds and flu are also caused by viruses. The disease caused by this coronavirus is called COVID-19. It’s a respiratory disease, which means it attacks the lungs and affects a person’s breathing. (For more information on coronavirus and COVID-19, visit coronavirus.gov.)

We know that smoking, vaping, using meth, or misusing opioids can all have an impact on the lungs. People whose lungs have been affected by drug use may be at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19. For example:

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