SWS: Most Filipinos still comply with COVID-19 safety protocols

Published June 10, 2021, 9:30 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

A huge portion of Filipinos have indicated that they continue to observe minimum public health standards amid the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

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In a nationwide poll conducted from April 28 to May 2, the SWS asked the respondents: “Nitong nakaraang buwan, gaano kadalas ninyo ginawa na ang mga sumusunod? (In the past month, how often have you done the following)?”

The poll body said four specific practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were presented to the respondents in random order.

Of the 1,200 participants nationwide, the poll body found out that 75 percent of adult Filipinos said “they always use a face mask when going out of their houses.”

The results of the survey, which was conducting using face-to-face interviews, showed that 67 percent responded that they “always wash their hands several times a day.”

Moreover, the SWS said that 58 percent indicated that they “always keep physical distance” outside their homes.

On the other hand, 53 percent said they “always use a face shield” when riding public transportation or going into establishments like malls, markets, or drugstores.

“Compliance with these basic COVID-19 safety protocols hardly changed from September 2020, when 79 percent said they always use a face mask, 67 percent always wash their hands, 60 percent always keep ‘physical distance,’ and 56 percent always use a face shield,” the poll body said.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 7,485 more cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), raising the country’s total number of infections to 1,293,687 cases as of June 10.

Moreover, 122 people have died which brought the nationwide death count to 22,312 fatalities.

The DOH said 4,504 patients have recovered, increasing the number of recoveries to 1,214,454.