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62% Of Pinoys Fear Covid Worst Still To Come; Death Toll Breaches 40,000 Mark

62% Of Pinoys Fear Covid Worst Still To Come; Death Toll Breaches 40,000 Mark
A medical frontliner clad in personal protective suit attends to patients staying at the lobby of Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City on April 29, 2021 as the medical facility gets overwhelmed with patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo By Miguel De Guzman, The Philippine STAR

The percentage of those fearing “the worst is yet to come” from COVID-19 rose from 41% in June to 62% in September among those greatly or somewhat worried about catching the virus, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Those a little or not worried about COVID also rose from 27% to 44%.

The nationwide poll, conducted from Sept. 12 to 16, also found that 91% of adult Filipinos are worried, with 76% saying that they are a great deal worried, 15% somewhat worried, 9% little/not worried, 4% a little worried and 5% not worried at all.

SWS, which released the results of the survey on Wednesday, Oct. 13, said the latest percentage of those worried about catching COVID-19 is four points above the 87% in June 2021 and ties the record-high level reached in November 2020.

Compared to past surveys, SWS said worry about catching the virus is much greater than worries about catching previous viruses such as Ebola, swine flu, bird flu and Severe Acute Res-piratory Syndrome (SARS).

Nine out of every 10 Filipino adults surveyed by the SWS are worried that someone in their immediate family might get infected with COVID-19.

From June 2021 to September 2021, SWS said the survey revealed that the outlook on the COVID-19 crisis worsened both among those worried and those not worried about catching the coronavirus.

The September 2021 survey also found those fearing “the worst is yet to come” with the COVID-19 crisis rising from 39% in June 2021 to a record-high 60% in September 2021, which surpassed the previous worst of 57% in July 2020.

On the other hand, the poll results said those saying “the worst is behind us” fell from 59% in June 2021 to 38% in September 2021, the lowest since the record-low 35% in July 2020.

SWS said the poll results likewise showed that the percentage of those fearing the worst of the health crisis is yet to come is always higher among those worried about catching COVID-19 than those not worried.

The survey further revealed that the percentage of those a great deal/somewhat worried about catching COVID-19 is highest in the Visayas at 95%, followed by Mindanao at 94%, Metro Manila at 91% and balance Luzon at 88%.

Compared to June 2021, the SWS polls said worry about catching the virus rose from 90% in the Visayas, 90% in Mindanao, 85% in Metro Manila and 85% in balance Luzon.

COVID death toll now 40,000

The death toll from COVID-19 breached the 40,000 mark on Wednesday, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

In a report, the DOH said that 173 COVID-19 patients recently succumbed to the virus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 40,069. This represents 1.49% of the overall 2,690,455 cases.

The DOH noted of the total cases, those who are in severe and critical conditions accounted for 1.6% and 3.7%, respectively.

Severe patients pertain to those with “clinical signs of severe pneumonia or severe acute respiratory infection” while critical cases are those with “impending or ongoing respiratory failure, in need of mechanical ventilation, or with evidence of end-organ damage or with septic shock.”

Data showed that 75.3% of cases are mild while 12.1% are asymptomatic. There were 7.25% moderate cases.

Based on DOH Situationer Report dated Oct. 12, there are 26,212 health care workers (HCWs) who tested positive for COVID-19.

Included in the death list are 105 HCWs.

Some 25,864 HCWs have recovered while 243 were active cases.

Of these active cases, 119 were mild, 70 asymptomatic, 23 in severe condition, nine critical and 22 in moderate condition.