MANILA—Nine out of 10 Filipinos are stressed by the COVID-19 crisis, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Friday.
The May 4 to 10 poll found that the coronavirus pandemic brought “great stress” to 55 percent and “much stress” to 34 percent of Filipinos, while some 11 percent felt “little or no stress.”
The full survey results can be read here.
Nearly 17% of families, or an estimated 4.2 million, according to the SWS, experienced involuntary hunger or the lack of food.
Of the 4.2 million who experienced involuntary hunger, 68%, or close to 7 out of 10 families, felt great stress, 23% much stress and 8% little to no stress during the pandemic, the pollster added.
Among those who did not experience hunger, more than half of them (52%) felt great stress, and an overall 90% still felt some form of stress.
In terms of job status, 58% of the people who have a job but do not receive their pay experienced great stress; 57% of those who do not have a job felt the same way.
Among those who have a job receiving full pay, more than half of them (51%) felt great stress.
The SWS noted that 63% of those living in the Visayas experienced great stress, compared to 58% in Metro Manila, 55% in Mindanao, and 51% in Balance Luzon.
The non-commissioned survey also revealed that those with much less education were more stressed by the crisis.
Meanwhile, the most affected age group by the pandemic were people in 35 to 54 years old range, followed by 55 and older, and the 15 to 24 range.
Because of lockdown restrictions, the poll was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviews with 4,010 working-age Filipinos. It has a margin of error of plus-minus 2 percent for national figures.
Like most countries, the Philippine government imposed lockdown rules, which had taken root for nearly 3 months, to curtail the spread of COVID-19.