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Most Filipinos observe social distancing 

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Results of a survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS) show that at least 64 percent of Filipinos always observe social distancing amid the pandemic.

The SWS survey, conducted during May 4 to 10 thru mobile phone poll with 4,010 respondents aged 15 and above, also shows that 19 percent of Filipinos observe social distancing most of the time, while 9% sometimes observe physical distancing.

The same poll showed that 6% of Filipinos rarely practice social distancing and 0.5% never observed it. 

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Social distancing has been required by authorities since the number of COVID-19 cases spiked in March. This is because the novel coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets.

The highest observance of social distancing was seen in Visayas at 69%, followed by National Capital Region at 67% and Mindanao at 64%. 

The lowest observance of social distancing was recorded in Balance Luzon at 60%. 

Likewise, the observance of social distancing is higher in general community quarantine areas at 65% as opposed to places under enhanced community quarantine. 

Since May 16, a percentage of employees (50% for ECQ and 75% for GCQ) have been allowed to physically report back to work. Mass transport, however, remains prohibited in ECQ areas in observance of social distancing protocols.

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The same survey shows that there is a higher percentage of Filipinos who always use face mask at 77%. It also shows that only 15% use face mask most of the time, 4% sometimes and 2% rarely. Only 0.3% said they never wore a face mask.

Likewise, 68% responded that they always wash their hands, while 27% said they wash their hands most of the time. Only 4% said they wash their hands sometimes while 1% said they rarely wash their hands.

The margin of error used in the SWS poll is ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±2 for Balanced Luzon, ±3% Visayas, and ±3% in Mindanao).


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