Cross-sectional reports like these aren't without their problems, doing little more than suggesting some kind of relationship might exist.
Reminds me of an old line from a comedian (Richard Pryor I think) that suggested "Milk" was a gateway to future drug abuse. He said that every drug addict he knew started life drinking milk".
We were warned early on that the Covid-19 crisis would spawn more than just a few unsubstantiated claims and scams. Expect more.