The Social Weather Stations (SWS) bared that about 85% of Filipinos remain fearful of catching COVID-19 despite being under a series of lockdowns in a span of six months which has been considered as the longest in the world.

The SWS conducted the survey among 1,249 Filipino adults from September 17 to 20. Of the total number of respondents, 85% said they are “worried a great deal” or “somewhat worried” that anyone in their immediate family might contract the respiratory disease.

Only 9% said they are “worried a little” while 6% are “not worried.” This latest survey results are similar to the findings of the July 2020 survey in which 85% of the respondents were worried about catching the virus.

Fear of the viral disease is highest in Luzon areas outside the capital region at 87%, followed by the Visayas at 84%, and Mindanao at 80%. Metro Manila, the epicenter of the outbreak in the Philippines, has 83% fear rate.

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

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is 309,303, according to the Department of Health’s (DOH) report on Tuesday. The said number consists of 252,930 recoveries, 50,925 active cases, and 5,448 deaths.

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