85 pct of Filipinos worry family members might catch COVID-19: SWS

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2020 11:53 AM

MANILA - Some 85 percent of Filipinos worry that their family members might contract COVID-19, an independent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Thursday.

Of 1,555 adult Filipinos surveyed, 85 percent said they are worried that anyone in their immediate family might catch the disease. Of this figure, 67 percent said they worry "a great deal" and 18 percent said they were "somewhat worried," the pollster said.

The survey, held from July 3 to 6 through mobile phones and computer-assisted calls, showed a slight decline from the 87 percent of respondents in May who said they were worried of contracting the illness, SWS said.

"Compared to past surveys, worry about catching the COVID-19 is greater than worries about catching previous viruses such as Ebola, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)," it said.

The worry level was highest in Metro Manila, considered the epicenter of the virus outbreak, at 92 percent. This is followed by Balance Luzon at 87 percent, Visayas at 85 percent, and Mindanao at 77 percent, according to the study.

It remained high among women at 87 percent and declined slightly among men to 83 percent from 87 percent, SWS said.

The perspective rose among those aged 18 to 24 to 88 percent from 84 percent, it added.

Meanwhile, it "hardly changed" among those aged 25 to 34 at 88 percent, followed by those among 45 to 54 at 83 percent, and among 55 and above at 81 percent.

The pollster also said Filipinos were more worried about catching the virus than Americans, citing an ABC News/Washington Post survey in May which found that 63 percent of Americans were concerned that their immediate family would be infected.

The survey was conducted from July 3 to 6 using mobile and computer-assisted telephone interviewing as community quarantine measures eased in most areas of the country. It had a sampling error margin of ±2 percent for national percentages.

The Philippines as of Wednesday reported 72,269 cases of COVID-19, with 23,623 recoveries and 1,843 deaths.