Fewer Pinoys observe social distancing, SWS survey finds out

Published July 24, 2020, 11:37 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Fewer Filipinos are observing the minimum health standard of physical distancing amid the ongoing pandemic, a Social Weather Stations survey released Friday found out.

(Photo by Miggy Hilario / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

The survey from July 3 to 6 conducted among 1,555 adult respondents shortly after the community quarantine relaxed in most areas of the country last July 1 said 59 percent keep a physical distance or a safe distance of one meter from other people when outside their homes, down five points from 64 percent last May.

On the other hand, Filipinos are compliant with the other two minimum health standards to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country — wearing face masks and hand washing.

Seventy-six percent said they always use a face mask when going out of their houses and 65 percent always wash their hands several times a day.

These figures, according to the SWS, hardly changed from last May when 77 percent and 68 percent of respondents said they always use a face mask and always wash their hands, respectively.

The probability-based survey was conducted using mobile phones and computer-assisted telephone interviewing.

Three-hundred six respondents were from the National Capital Region; 451 in Balance Luzon or areas outside of Metro Manila; 388 in the Visayas; and 410 in Mindanao.

The SWS assured that the survey was made “on its own initiative and released as a public service.”