A survey done by independent pollster Social Weather Stations found that more Filipinos are worried about catching COVID-19 these days compared to the previous months.
The survey, which was conducted from September 12–16 found that 91 percent of adult Filipinos are worried while only nine percent are a little/not worried that anyone in their immediate family might catch COVID-19.
The latest percentage of those worried about catching COVID-19 is four points above the 87% in June 2021 and ties 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.
The September 2021 survey also found those fearing “the worst is yet to come” with the
COVID-19 crisis are rising from 39% in June 2021 to a record-high 60% in September 2021. It surpassed the previous worst of 57% in July 2020.
Conversely, those saying “the worst is behind us” fell from 59% in June 2021 to 38% in September 2021. This is the lowest since the record-low 35% in July 2020.
From June 2021 to September 2021, the outlook on the COVID-19 crisis worsened both among those worried and those not worried about catching COVID-19.
The percentage of those fearing “the worst is yet to come” rose from 41% in June 2021 to 62% in September 2021 among those a great deal/somewhat worried about catching the virus.