Filipinos Want to Be Healthier and More Active Because of COVID-19, Says Study
It would take an unquenchable global pandemic to make Filipinos reconsider how they treat their bodies and minds.
According to a new survey by Manulife, 64 percent of 300 respondents—all policy-holders in the Philippines—have found ways to become “more physically healthy,” while 27 percent have been “tracking their mental health status” since the pandemic started. Moreover, 33 percent of respondents have started monitoring health indicators, such as blood pressure and blood sugar level.
The study also reports how a healthy lifestyle will become even more popular in the next 18 months, with 52 percent finding ways to be more physically healthy, 20 percent tracking their mental health, and 25 percent watching their health indicators.
The life insurance company notes why this increasing concern for health and wellness is important: According to the World Bank, healthcare costs rose nearly 500 percent in the past 20 years. In 2017, the annual healthcare cost per capita in the Philippines was $133 (around P6,400) or 4.45 percent of the GDP. As seen in these figures, getting sick is expensive and getting sick during the pandemic can be even more disastrous.
“Through this study, we are able to identify their concerns, priorities, and goals so we can provide the necessary solutions to help address our customers’ financial and health needs and help them live every day better," said Melissa Henson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Manulife Philippines.
Another interesting find from the survey, which was conducted in eight markets in late May, was the glum outlook of Filipinos. More than 58 percent of the Filipino respondents thinks COVID-19 will get more serious in the second half of 2020. As things turn from bad to worse, more people are focusing on the most important thing: living.