Majority of Filipinos continue to comply with basic safety protocols against Covid-19, according to the May 2021 survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Of the 1,200 surveyed nationwide, 75 percent said they always wore face masks when going out, while 67 percent said they washed their hands several times a day.

About 58 percent said they always maintained physical distance when in contact with people outside their residence, and 53 percent said they used face shields when in public transportation or public places and establishments.

SWS said "compliance with these basic Covid-19 protocols hardly changed from September 2020, when 79 percent said they always used a face mask, 67 percent always washed their hands, 60 percent always kept physical distance and 56 percent always used a face shield."

However, data also showed that compliance for all cited practices declined in the Visayas and Mindanao but increased in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

A sharp decline in using face shields in public transportation or going to establishments were reported by those surveyed from Mindanao and the Visayas, dropping 31 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

In using face masks, compliance in the Visayas and Mindanao each went down by 14 percent, while compliance with frequent handwashing dropped 13 percent in Mindanao and 6 percent in the Visayas.

Similarly, maintaining physical distancing decreased in Mindanao by 18 percent, and by 14 percent in the Visayas.

The survey was conducted from April 28 to May 2 using face-to-face interviews, with a sampling margin error of ±3 percent.