Covid fear rises among Pinoys

More Filipinos have expressed fear that the “worst is yet to come” with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The poll, conducted from 28 April to 2 May, showed that 49 percent of the 1,200 adult respondents had a negative outlook on the health crisis, slightly higher than the 31-percent figure logged in the previous survey during November 2020.

The SWS said the 49-percent figure was the highest since the 57 percent tallied in July 2020.

The polling firm said the percentage of those who had a negative outlook on the pandemic rose in all areas, especially in Metro Manila.

Those fearing the “worst is yet to come” increased by 28 points in the capital region — from 22 percent in November last year to 50 percent this year.

The figure also increased in Balance Luzon from 31 percent to 54 percent, in the Visayas from 32 percent to 49 percent, and Mindanao from 35 percent to 38 percent.

Meanwhile, the SWS said the percentage of those who had a negative outlook on the Covid-19 crisis rose across education, especially among more educated groups.

Among college graduates, those fearing the “worst is yet to come” increased by 21 points — from 35 percent in November 2020 to 56 percent this year.

The figure also increased among junior high school graduates from 29 percent to 49 percent, among elementary graduates from 33 percent to 49 percent, and non-elementary graduates from 29 percent to 40 percent.

During the same survey, the SWS found that 89 percent of 1,200 adult respondents were worried that anyone in their immediate family may catch Covid-19.

The poll found that 70 percent of respondents were a “great deal” worried, 19 percent were “somewhat” worried, while 11 percent were little worried or unperturbed at all.

The latest percentage of those anxious about catching Covid-19 was two points below the record-high 91 percent in November 2020, but still higher than the 85 percent tallied in September 2020 and July 2020.

The percentage of those a “great deal” or “somewhat” worried about acquiring coronavirus infection was still highest in the Visayas and Mindanao at 92 percent and 90 percent, respectively. The regions were seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.

These were followed by Balance Luzon (88 percent) and Metro Manila (85 percent).

Compared to November 2020, worry about catching Covid-19 stayed at 85 percent in Metro Manila, while it barely moved from 89 percent in Balance Luzon, the SWS said.

Meanwhile, the polling firm noted that worry about catching Covid-19 was greater than worries about infectious viruses such as Ebola, swine flu, bird flu, and severe acute respiratory syndrome, according to the SWS.

The poll, which had a sampling error margin of ±3 percent, was non-commissioned and was initiated by the pollster as a form of public service.

*****
Credit belongs to : www.tribune.net.ph

Check Also

Robredo lauds AFP for independence, help during pandemic

Headlines Robredo lauds AFP for independence, help during pandemic MANILA, Philippines — Amid criticisms over …

error: Content is protected !!