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Could constipation be a symptom of covid-19?

I am a 24 year old male. I want to know could constipation be a symptom of covid-19?

7 Answers

No, it should not be. Constipation is not an expected symptom from COVID. Other GI symptoms from COVID have been reported but only in a minority of patients and the GI symptoms would be accompanied by the usual fever, shortness of breath and other typical COVID symptoms.
Diarrhea more than constipation has been described.
There is no evidence that Covid-19 causes constipation.
It is known to present with other Gastrointestinal symptoms, associated with fever, malaise, weakness, shortness of breath.
The typical symptoms of COVID 19 include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Constipation is typically not a symptom.
As of date, what we know so far is that COVID 19 can present as a gastroenteritis --meaning diarrhea, low grade fever. If you have any worries, should talk to your doctor.
It is highly unlikely that your constipation is due to COVID-19. In fact, there have been reports of diarrhea being a part of the initial symptoms of the virus. If the constipation is what we term 'new onset', meaning you didn't have this problem in the past, then common causes of constipation would be pain medications (both narcotic and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen), a new diet (especially low carb), or a new prescription medication, such as blood pressure meds. If your symptoms persist, you should contact your doctor.
Be well!