It is difficult to determine the exact number because we are not testing the entire population. There may be asymptomatic or mild cases that are not reflected in the total number of positive cases. These cases may resolve without ever being recorded as a ‘case’. Similarly, patients who test positive are not always receiving tests to prove their recovery from the virus. The term “recovery” is also evolving as we learn more about the chronic effects following a COVID-19 infection.
John Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center tracks the number of cases, deaths and recovery both worldwide and per country. As a general estimate, approximately 95% of people typically recover from COVID-19. It remains unclear what proportion of patients have long-term symptoms.