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Gutom na, wala pang trabaho! SWS: Half of Pinoys greatly stressed by COVID-19

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Half of Filipinos have experienced “great stress” due to the COVID-19 pandemic as concerns over hunger and joblessness mount, according to the special mobile phone survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Results of the survey showed 86 percent of Filipinos are stressed by the pandemic. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed expressed “great stress” due to the health crisis while 35 percent reported “much stress” because of it.

Only 14 percent of those polled by SWS said they felt little or no stress due to the pandemic.

The percentage of those who felt “great stress” fell slightly from 55 percent in May 2020 while those with “much stress” hardly changed from 34 percent.

Those who felt little or no stress as a result of the pandemic rose slightly from 11 percent in May.

Of those who reported great stress, 62 percent were from families who experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months. Close to half or 48 percent of those surveyed did not experience hunger but were greatly stressed by the pandemic.

Based on survey results, the proportion of those with great stress due to COVID-19 stood at 55 percent among those who lost their jobs as a result of the crisis compared to 46 percent who still have work.

Broken down by geography, 56 percent of those who experienced great stress were in Metro Manila and Visayas, compared to 49 percent in Balance Luzon, and 46 percent in Mindanao.

SWS conducted the survey from July 3 to 6 using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) of 1,555 Filipinos aged 18 years and older nationwide.

It has a sampling error margin of ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5 for Balance Luzon, ±5% for the Visayas, and ±5% for Mindanao.

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