SWS: 93% of Filipinos hope worst of COVID-19 crisis over, 78% worry of catching virus

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20) — Nine in ten or 93% of Filipinos believe the worst of the COVD-19 pandemic is over, the latest poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

The number is 13 points higher than the 80% that expressed “the worst of COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines is behind us” in December 2021.

The independent pollster said those who fear that “the worst is yet to come” fell to 6% from 19% in December 2021.

“Since December 2021, large majorities say the worst is behind us,” the SWS noted.

Meanwhile, the non-commissioned survey found around 78% of Filipinos expressed concern about catching COVID-19.

The SWS said 59% are “worried a great deal” and 18% are “somewhat worried” about contracting the disease, while 9% are “worried a little” and 13% are “not worried” about it.

The concern about catching COVID-19 has been unchanged since June 2022, according to the SWS.

Published on Monday, the SWS said the survey was conducted in December 2022 through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 Filipino adults nationwide.

In January, the World Health Organization ruled that COVID-19 still poses continued risk that warrants the highest level of global alert.