Most Filipinos Claim to Wear Face Masks, Wash Hands, and Keep Their Distance

Despite easing lockdowns, Filipinos still don't want to risk getting COVID-19.
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Despite claims the pandemic continues to spread in the Philippines due to the lack of discipline in Filipinos, a new report from the Social Weather Station has found this is not the case.

In the results released today, July 24, the SWS found that as of July 6, 76 percent of Filipinos always wear face masks, 65 percent always wash their hands, and 59 percent practice social distancing.

This comes after lockdowns were eased and cases began to rise once more.

Respondents from Metro Manila are more likely to wear always wear masks, with 90 percent claiming they wear masks all the time. Rates are also high in the Visayas with 82 percent and Balance Luzon and Mindanao with 72 percent.

As for washing hands, 73 percent of respondents from Manila say they always wash their hands, followed by 69 percent in Visayas, 97 percent in Mindanao, and 59 percent in Balance Luzon.

Keeping “physical distance” found the lowest percentages, but are still in the majoriy. In Metro Manila, 68 percent claim to always keep their distance, while the results are 64 percent in Visayas, 57 percent in Mindanao, and 56 percent in the rest of Luzon.

It's important to note that the survey was conducted via mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing with 1,555 adult Filipinos spread throughout the archipelago.

Photo by SWS.

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