The longterm damage inflicted by COVID-19 is uncharted territory.

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More than 70,000 New Yorkers may be struggling with unexplained longterm symptoms of COVID-19, according to a range of estimates from doctors and hospitals contacted by THE CITY.

“We’re looking at patients who are still testing positive day to day, so this is a population that’s going to continue to grow,” said Dr. Zijian Chen, who directs Mount Sinai’s Center for Post-COVID Care.

The stories of survivors challenge early conceptions of COVID-19 as a three-week illness. They include runners who need wheelchairs and yoga teachers with debilitating fatigue now confronting what it means to live with the lingering disease.