According to Martin Hewing's Advanced English Grammar:

The difference between past continuous and past perfect continuous is as follows:

When we met Simon and Pat, they had been riding.(=we met after they had finished)

When we met Simon and Pat, they were riding.(=we met while they were riding)

If we keep in mind this difference, will native speakers consider sentences like:"Jane had been suffering from flu when she was interviewed," to mean that Jane had recovered before the interview?

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In my opinion she was still suffering at the time of the interview, or it was obvious she had very recently had the flu and her voice was still affected for example.

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