Poll finds 91% of Pinoys worried about catching COVID-19

 By Jennylou Canon

PHOTO: Philippine Star

Social Weather Stations (SWS) latest survey showed that more Filipinos said they were worried on catching the new coronavirus, almost a year after first cluster of cases was reported in China.

SWS found that 91 percent of Filipinos are worried that anyone in their immediate family might be infected with the coronavirus, wherein 77 percent among them were “worried a great deal” and 14 percent said they were “somewhat worried.”

The remaining 5 percent are not worried and 3 percent are a little worried.

Latest results surpassed the 87 percent worried about catching COVID-19 recorded in May last year as well as the 85 percent in September.

Worry about catching the virus rose in all areas, with the highest percentage in the Visayas at 96 percent, followed by Mindanao at 95 percent, Luzon outside Metro Manila at 89 percent, and Metro Manila at 85 percent.

Worry about contracting COVID-19 in women rose by nine points, from 84 percent in September to 93 percent in November. On the other hand, worry among men also rose by five points, from 85 percent to 90 percent.

Worry also increased in all educational levels and age groups except among those aged 18 to 24 years old.

The survey was conducted among 1,500 adults from November 21 to November 25 through in-person interviews.

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