Google says they’ve put out a fix for this. If you’re having a problem you might look to see if there is an update from March 23, and then check to see if that’s the one that fixes it or that breaks it. . Or you can download it yourself from the play store.
Users of recent Samsung phones—Galaxy S20 and S21, Note 20, A50 and A70 series, among others—seem to be the most heavily affected. There are scattered reports of the same problem happening to Pixel, Motorola, and OnePlus phones, though those may be coincidental issues unrelated to the primary problem. Owners of some older Samsung devices, including one J7, are reporting similar issues. The app crashes aren’t limited to any specific subset: applications with more or less any function, from any developer, are crashing repeatedly and without warning.
updated to remove my incorrect statement that it was up to each phone manufacturer to distribute the fix. As @jlv noted below, that applies to security fixes, but not to features like this one. Your phone manufacturer may distribute the fix, but you can also just download it for yourself from the play store.