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Worry of catching COVID-19 rises to record-high 91%–SWS

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The Social Weather Stations (SWS) said that at least 91 percent of adult Filipinos are worried that anyone in their immediate family might catch coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Based on the survey conducted by the SWS on 12 to 16 September 2021, only nine percent of Filipinos said they are not worried that their family members will test positive for COVID-19.

According to SWS, the latest percentage of those worried about catching Covid-19 is four points above the 87 percent in June 2021.

The latest SWS survey was similar to the record-high level reached in November 2020.

“Compared to past SWS surveys, worry about catching Covid-19 is much greater than worries about catching previous viruses such as Ebola, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS),” the SWS said.

The September 2021 survey also found those fearing “the worst is yet to come” with the Covid-19 crisis rising from 39 percent in June 2021 to a record-high 60 percent in September 2021. This surpassed the previous worst of 57 percent in July 2020.

The third quarter 2021 SWS survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide, 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

It has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

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