MAJORITY of the adult Filipinos are worried about getting infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the latest survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS).
An SWS survey conducted last September 17 to 20 revealed that at least 85% of adult Filipinos are worried (consisting of 63% worried a great deal and 22% somewhat worried), 9% are worried a little, and 6% are not worried that anyone in their immediate family might catch Covid-19.
This is similar to July 2020 when 85% were worried (67% worried a great deal, 18% somewhat worried), 8% were worried a little, and 7% were not worried about catching the virus.
Compared to past SWS surveys, worry about catching Covid-19 is greater than worries about catching previous viruses such as Ebola, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The September 17-20, 2020 National Mobile Phone Survey was conducted when most areas of the country were already under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
The survey result also stated that worry about catching COVID-19 is now highest in Balance Luzon (87%, correctly rounded), followed by the Visayas (84%, correctly rounded), Metro Manila (83%), and Mindanao (80%).
There is a declined in Metro Manila from 92 percent in May and July to 83% in September.
Compared to July 2020, worry about catching the virus fell slightly among women, down from 87% to 84% (correctly rounded). However, it rose slightly among men, up from 83% to 85%.
By age group, it rose slightly among the 18-24-year-olds, from 88% to 90% (correctly rounded), among the 25-34-year-olds, from 85% to 88%, and among the 45-54-year-olds, from 83% to 85% (correctly rounded).
It fell slightly among the 35-44-year-olds, from 88% to 85% (correctly rounded), and those 55 years old and above, from 81% to 78%.