Large majorities continue to comply with basic Covid-19 safety protocols: SWS

The national Social Weather Survey of April 28–May 2, found 75% of adult Filipinos saying they always use a face mask when going out of their houses, 67% saying they always wash their hands several times a day, 58% saying they always keep “physical distance” or a safe distance of one meter from other people outside their homes, and 53% saying they always use a face shield when riding public transportation or going to establishments like malls, markets, or drugstores.

Compliance with these basic Covid-19 safety protocols hardly changed from September 2020, when 79% said they always use a face mask, 67% always wash their hands, 60% always keep “physical distance,” and 56% always use a face shield.

Large majorities still do the basic Covid-19 safety practices “always”

The survey asked, “Nitong nakaraang buwan, gaano kadalas ninyo ginawa na ang mga sumusunod? [“In the past month, how often have you done the following?]. Four specific practices to prevent the spread of Covid-19 were presented to the respondents in random order.

To this, 75% say they always use a face mask when going out of the house, 18% most of the time, 4% sometimes, and 3% rarely/never. These figures hardly changed from September 2020 when 79% said they always use a face mask, 14% most of the time, 5% sometimes, and 1% rarely/never.

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Sixty-seven percent say they always wash their hands several times a day, 24% most of the time, 5% sometimes, and 4% rarely/never. These figures hardly differ from September 2020, when 67% said they always wash their hands several times a day, 27% most of the time, 5% sometimes, and 1% rarely/never.

Fifty-eight percent say they always keep “physical distance” or a safe distance of one meter from other people every time they go outside their homes, 25% say most of the time, 10% sometimes, and 7% rarely/never. These scores hardly differ from September 2020, when 60% said they always keep physical distance, 20% most of the time, 10% sometimes, and 8% rarely/never.

Fifty-three percent say they always use a face shield when riding public transportation or going to establishments like malls, markets, and drugstores, 21% most of the time, 13% sometimes, and 12% rarely/never. These figures hardly differ from September 2020, when 56% said they always use a face shield, 16% most of the time, 14% sometimes, and 11% rarely/never.

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