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The Health, Economic And Quality Of Life Impacts Of COVID-19 Throughout LA County, Inland Empire




A man in a face mask walks past closed shopfronts in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, California on April 22, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A man in a face mask walks past closed shopfronts in the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, California on April 22, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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One year after the world began sheltering at home, washing hands raw and using Zoom like never before, we’re gaining more insight into the long-term impacts of the pandemic right here in Southern California. 

According to the new quality of life survey from UCLA, the impacts of the coronavirus have been felt significantly among L.A. County residents. About 25% of respondents say their income dropped. That’s worse than a national Associated Press poll, which shows only 15% of Americans saying they’re worse off than they were a year ago before the outbreak. The UCLA survey also revealed that more than half of respondents either contracted COVID-19 or had someone close to them test positive. And the majority of parents who responded say they feel distance learning hurt their children. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the various impacts of the pandemic, including health, quality of life and economics, on L.A. County and the Inland Empire. Do you have questions? Call 866-893-5722.  

Guests: 

Zev Yaroslavsky, director of Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, which released a new study looking at the broad impacts of the coronavirus in LA County, former L.A. County supervisor and city councilmember; he tweets @ZevYaroslavsky

Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University; emeritus member of the KPCC Board of Trustees

John Husing, Inland Empire economist and vice president of Economics and Politics, Inc.