Filipinos are ‘extremely’ willing to comply with contact tracing efforts— SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) — A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that the willingness of Filipinos to comply with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts is “extremely high.”

The survey revealed that 97% of Filipinos are willing to undergo self-quarantine if they come in contact with a COVID-positive individual. Meanwhile, 96% will give a list of all the people they have come in contact with if they tested positive of the virus.

Furthermore, 93% of the respondents will give access to their cellphone location data, and 87% will volunteer for weekly testing.

The same survey said that Filipinos are more willing to cooperate with the government’s COVID-19 efforts than Americans.

“A survey of Americans by Axios/Ipsos on May 15-18, 2020 found that 84% are likely to self-quarantine if they came in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, 76% are likely to give a list of all the people they’ve come in contact with if tested positive for Covid-19,” the SWS said.

“This shows that, although majorities of Americans say they are willing to cooperate, their proportions are not as high as those of Filipinos.”

The current COVID tally in the country is at 378,933, with 10.9% or 41,291 active cases. Recoveries are at 330,457, while 7,185 have died of the disease.