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16 Sep, 12 tweets, 3 min read
1/ While New York’s first wave of COVID-19 may have subsided, the city is seeing a growing number of hospital patients checking in with long term symptoms of COVID-19.

Doctors estimate patients with these long-term symptoms is at least 70,000.

Here’s what that looks like:
2/ One center that’s treating these patients is @MountSinaiNYC, where they’ve already checked in upwards of 400. These are just patients that doctor’s there know about — one’s who have insurance, and who’ve heard about the center.
3/ The more than 70,000 patients experiencing these long-term symptoms is an estimate based on New York City’s confirmed cases, which is around 230,000.

Because there were likely many unconfirmed cases, there are likely even more "long haulers."
4/ Patients that come in report brain fog, shortness of breath, trouble thinking, trouble speaking, fevers and chronic fatigue. The overall effect is debilitating. One “long hauler” said “she’d walk too far and need to rest for three days.”
5/ Many are taking leaves of absence from work, which jeopardizes their ability to stay insured.

We don’t know how much long-term treatment will cost, but starting on Sept. 30, it will cost more because many insurers are set to waive patient cost-sharing for COVID treatment.
6/ Which means that at some point, treating long-haulers could become an out of pocket expense, especially for the unemployed.

On leave from her job, one long-hauler told us that at this point, she “was going into her savings.”
7/ And last but not least, so many of these patients continue to say that their doctors don’t believe them. They either don’t believe they had COVID, or insist that, months later, they must have some other disease or underlying condition.

Tests for those costs money too.
8/ You can read the full story about “long haulers” here:
9/ @THECITYNY will continue to report on long-haulers.

If you have a story you’d like to share with us about long-term COVID-19 symptoms, and you live in New York, drop us a line at
10/ This story was part of MISSING THEM, @THECITYNY’s ongoing collaborative project to remember every New Yorker killed by COVID-19.
11/ If you lost someone to COVID or work w/ victims' families, we want to hear from you. Help us remember New Yorkers who died of COVID-19. Here’s how:

Tell us here:
Call our hotline: (646) 494-1095
Text “remember” to 73224
Or email:
12/ ...and while you’re here, don’t forget to sign up for our daily newsletter:

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More from @THECITYNY

26 Aug
1/ The majority of NYC public school students are expected to begin school next month.

Despite @NYCSchools’ guidance on reopening safely, COVID testing for limited-English proficiency families may prove to be complicated.
2/ Legally, patients have a right to translation services in health care.

@NYCHealthSystem claims to offer them at its coronavirus testing sites in more than 200 languages via designated translator phones.

But our reporting found that that’s not always the case.
3/ Several staff told THE CITY that their testing sites either had no working phones or they had never had access to one.

One site in Woodside sent most of its phones to another in Flushing that needed them more, an employee said.
Read 8 tweets
23 Jul
1/ We just did an analysis of five years of data from New York City’s housing lottery system and found that those applying with the *highest* incomes are six times more likely to have their number picked than those with the *lowest* incomes.

Let’s break this down.
2/ After analyzing 18 million applications, we found that “extremely low-income” households — earning up to $30,720 for a family of three — faced the *most* competition for apartments.

650 applications came in for every 1 available apartment.
3/ For the apartments with the highest income limits — between $122,880 and $168,960 for a family of three — the competition was the least, with 123 eligible applicants for every 1 apartment.

These families are 6X more likely to have their number come up as poor applicants.
Read 26 tweets
8 Jul
1/ By the time journalists from @THECITYNY and @ColumbiaJourn started discussing an idea to memorialize every New Yorker that died due to the coronavirus, about 3,000 lives had already been lost.

That was early April.
2/ It was a number — even at an early stage — that made the project seem too ambitious for a single newsroom to execute.

As the numbers grew daily, it became clear that remembering every New Yorker who died would mean embracing collaboration at all levels.
3/ That idea is now called MISSING THEM — an ambitious collaborative journalism project working with @columbiajourn’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia Journalism Investigations, @newmarkjschool and @THECITYNY.
Read 21 tweets
27 Jun
1/ On June 7, 2019, Layleen Polanco, a 27-year old transgender woman, died on Rikers Island after an epileptic seizure on her ninth day in solitary confinement.

She was being held on $500 bail.
2/ A report released June 23, 2020, by the Board of Correction found that Polanco was pushed there by jailers over a doctor’s objections & despite her seizure disorder. THE CITY has covered this story since the start of it.

Here’s everything we know:
3/ In April 2019, Polanco was arrested for allegedly biting a cab driver.

Though she was ordered released on that charge a few days later, she stayed in jail because her $500 bail was attached to previous misdemeanor drug and sex work charges from 2017.
Read 39 tweets
20 Jun
1/ 🚨 New York’s 2020 primary elections are on June 23 🚨

Here’s what you need to know in order to be prepared for the city’s first election in the coronavirus era.
2/ Check your voter registration status and enter your address to find your polling place.
3/ New York State offered three ways of voting: early, absentee, and in-person—yes, in-person voting is still happening despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Read 21 tweets
17 Jun
1/ Scammers gonna scam…

New York is in its first phase of reopening, but coronavirus scammers and con artists are still taking advantage of the most vulnerable New Yorkers.

Here’s a list of the most common COVID-19 scams and some tips on protecting yourself:
2/ ⚠️Stimulus check scams: Some scammers are posing as IRS workers & asking for bank info to rob people of their checks.

✅ Mary McCune from @LSNYCnews offers this advice: Don’t trust anyone on the phone who says they’re from the IRS.

More info here:
3/ ⚠️Accessing benefits: Some scammers are posing as other government reps offering to help you access benefits such as SNAP or Medicaid—while collecting personal info.

✅ Be wary of unauthorized calls from people claiming to be from the government.

With one caveat...
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