You can google to find thousands of stories of people all over the world who have recovered. There are lots of different effects of Covid infection- some people get specific problems that are not experienced by others, so there is no set pattern of recovery. Some get it with no symptoms which still involves a recovery and some are in hospital for a month before they recover.
I agree, there are a lot of different ways to get sick from Covid-19, and it can attack different parts of the body. It would be hard to generalize from anyone's stories (or all of them) what Covid-19 might do to someone who gets it.
My cousin has Covid-19 right now, she's in her 20s. She doesn't know where she got it. A few days into the illness, she was too weak to get out of bed. Her headaches hurt so much that she couldn't sleep all night. She's less weak by now, but it is taking a long time to get better. That's how it hit her. But it might hit the next person a different way.
Nobody has posted on here yet who has knowingly had it. Not many people actively post on this website, though I have no idea how many read the comments, but again, so far and so good none of us has reported getting it. We could of course all have it and not know it. I've had symptoms of it and thought of getting tested a couple of weeks ago, but tests in the US have largely been unavailable unless you meet stringent criteria or unless you're a medical worker. I went on the CDC website and it led me through a series of questions about what I was experiencing and ended by telling me they were sorry I wasn't feeling my best and hoped I felt better soon -- in short, I didn't have it and didn't need to get tested and with the still extreme shortage of tests even after all this time where most of us live we're nowhere close to what has been suggested by the experts, that to open our economy we all need to get tested repeatedly because the tests around today are quite inaccurate with a high degree of false negatives and due to the FDA allowing everyone and their cousin to sell antibody tests without FDA approval that they work those tests are even worse with a whole lot of false positives. Maybe before we're all dead we'll all be able to go and just request repeated testing if we want so we'll know just how many of us have it, have had it, and to make sure we don't get it an hour after we got our negative results, but it will be very expensive and time consuming to do that and we have a lot of people in the US so who knows. However, I've said this before, at a time like this folks used to tune in to their trusted TV and radio news programs and read the daily newspaper and all those sources are full of interviews with people who have had it and recovered from it. In real time, Chris Cuomo, an anchor on CNN, has been documenting his illness and slow recovery from covid. If you look, you actually can't avoid seeing this information, but I realize we live in a world today where most people don't read the best newspapers and don't watch or listen to the best news programs and so we're balkanized in what we see. The fact is, almost everyone who has gotten covid has recovered from it, but what recovery means is different for different people and is still unknown if some organs sustain long-term damage from it or heal. It's a new virus and it will take time to learn about it. But we will. Those who have died are high in absolute numbers but tiny in the percentage of people alive in the world. What we're all trying to do is make it stay that way until we have better tools to fight back. Peace, all.
I've only read reports from those who recovered. No first hand accounts. It really seems to be a wide range of experiences that people have. Seems like lots lose weight (not such a bad thing) and have zero appetite, feel extreme fatigue and lethargy, and fevers that build into the night and are very uncomfortable with chills and shaking. Coughing is a hallmark sign but people don't talk about that like they do the other things.
Just to add to the mix, the first case known to have happened through community spread in Oregon was diagnosed February 28. The patient was in the paper today, May 6, because he was leaving the hospital at last. He was shifting to a nursing/ rehab care place. The paper says he can walk a short distance but then has to have oxygen, and that he has other challenges. So a case with a good outcome (he didn't die) is two months and a week in the hospital, followed by further rehab care. Remind me not to leave my house for, say, the next two years.
I actually found some details from people who recovered, stories are not pretty:
There is a lot of variability as far as severity goes, but if you're out of luck, you will have long-term problems, lasting months or longer - not pretty.
Yet another recent article on long-term effects - "There is growing evidence that the virus causes a far greater array of symptoms than was previously understood. And that its effects can be agonisingly prolonged: in Garner’s case for more than seven weeks."