As has happened across the nation, consumer spending in Los Angeles County has fallen considerably since the COVID-19 outbreak. Source: Opporutnity Insights Economic Tracker.
Confirmed Cases and Deaths in Los Angeles County
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Do you need food or have food (or time) to donate? This portal connects those in need in Los Angeles County to those who can help.
Ca. 1915-1920. Young lifeguards knitting at the beach in Venice. Note the early lifeguard tower in the background on the left. Los Angeles County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division today, the largest professional lifeguard operation in the world (conducting 10,000 ocean rescues and watching over an estimated 55 million beachgoers a year), traces its roots back to these early volunteer lifeguards.
The chart above shows the comparative impact of seasonal influenza (the "flu") with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. Even if you were to combine the total of flu cases and deaths over nine seasons in Los Angeles County, the influenza toll still pales in comparison against the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths just for 2020 so far. The number of influenza-related deaths are so small, compared to COVID-19 deaths, that they are barely visual or not visible at all in this chart. COVID-19 is not just like the flu. It is more contagious, does more damage, is deadlier, and there is no vaccine for it.
George Freeth not only introduced surfing to Southern California, but also modern-day ocean lifeguarding. This episode of Tales from the Tower tells the story of how Freeth brought ocean lifeguarding to Los Angeles.