Luzon residents are mostly 'concerned for others' during quarantine: survey

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2020 10:16 PM

Residents look out a window as a police mobile passes by at Barangay 20 in Manila, which was placed under a 24-hour total lockdown in Manila on April 13. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA — Residents of Luzon are mostly "concerned for others" amid the ongoing enhanced community quarantine that has forced people stay inside their homes to control the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The survey, initiated by Radio Veritas and was conducted from March 15 to April 15, asked 1,200 respondents about their "emotional disposition" while being under the government-imposed home quarantine. 

Among the answers, 10 emotional responses emerged, namely: (1) Safe, (2) Worried, (3) Hopeful, (4) Bored, (5) Concerned for Others, (6) Helpless, (7) Relaxed, (8) Thankful, (9) Sad and (10) Stressed.

When ranked accordingly, "concern for others" appeared to be the dominant emotion of respondents. 

"This implies the 'altruistic' predisposition of the respondents towards family members and loved ones, which are currently not with them physically. It may likewise be directed towards those in the 'frontline' in our fight against this COVID-19 health crisis (who may either be a family member, relative, friend, acquaintance or compatriot)," according to Radio Veritas. 

The group identified "concern for others" as a positive emotion. 

"On the other hand, the predominant negative emotion at rank 3 is being 'worried' thus implying the sense of anxiety this health crisis brings to the respondents. Such worry or anxiety may be suggestive of the health and economic concerns this health crisis brings," they said. 

The entire Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, is under lockdown until April 30 to contain the pandemic. As a result, economic activities have also been limited.

As of Sunday, the Philippines has recorded 6,259 cases of the respiratory illness, with 572 recoveries and 409 deaths.