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Rheumatic disease is not considered a significant risk factor for long COVID, according to the findings of a Dutch prospective cohort study presented by Laura Boekel at the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) 2023 Annual Meeting.

Although more patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases (iRD) report symptoms resembling long COVID, the data suggest that many of these symptoms can be attributed to the underlying rheumatic disease. "Overall, we find the data quite reassuring," said Boekel, Amsterdam Rheumatology and Immunology Center, Amsterdam University Medical Center, the Netherlands.

The results were also published May 31 in Lancet Rheumatology. Head over to Medscape to read the full story.