Wellness survey shows Pinoys turn to prayers, cut vices    

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    A socially-distanced celebration of the Holy Mass. (Photo from CBCP)

    MOST Filipinos turned to prayers, cut on their vices as they put health and safety their top priority in this time of pandemic.

    PhilCare Community Quarantine Wellness Index study showed nearly all respondents 95.9 percent are most concerned with the health of their loved ones while 94.1 percent fear of a possible “second wave” of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 93.6 percent are worried of contracting the disease itself .

    The study, which aimed to determine the state of Filipinos’ wellness while in community quarantine, revealed that of its 800 respondents, eight out of 10 (76.7 percent) said they prayed at least more frequently than they did before the community quarantines.

    Trailing behind were other practices like watching TV, spending time online, learning new things, and doing hobbies; while others said they often engaged in physical and mental exercises.

    Meanwhile, six out of 10respondents (60.9 percent) said they much more rarely drank beer, wine, or liquor products compared to before; while half (50.4 percent) said they much more rarely smoked.

    The survey was first administered via phone calls to 400 randomly-selected respondents from May 11-14 — the final stretch of the extended enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and several other areas. Another 400 were interviewed from May 16 to 20, the first days of the modified enhanced community quarantine in the metro and other areas.

    “The community quarantines and the pandemic as a whole have altered the way we live, which shocked many Filipinos. This survey provided us the opportunity to take a deeper dive into their sentiments and behaviors when it comes to health and wellness,” said lead researcher Dr. Fernando Paragas of the College of Mass Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

    “We believe that the findings of the PhilCare Community Quarantine Wellness Index serve an eye-opener to employers and policymakers on how responsive they should be towards their respective stakeholders given that our way of life has dramatically changed. With these learnings, we hope to work together with various sectors in order for us to continue living healthy even amid the pandemic,” said PhilCare president and chief executive officer Jaeger Tanco.