COVID-19 , Governance & Risk Management

COVID-19: 'The Whole Country Is on Fire'

Pandemic Expert Regina Phelps Offers Insights, Advice for the Holidays
Regina Phelps, founder, Emergency Management & Safety Solutions

As we near the end of one year of living with COVID-19, the pandemic is creating new U.S. daily records for infections, hospitalizations and deaths. “The whole country is on fire," says pandemic expert Regina Phelps.

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There is good news. The first vaccines have been shipped and are being administered. But we are still months away from achieving “herd immunity,” and we need to get through the holidays, which have the potential to be superspreader events.

“Things are not good,” says Phelps, founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions. “And they are not going to get better for probably another 60 or 90 days.”

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Phelps discusses:

  • The upcoming one-year COVID-19 anniversary;
  • Vaccines and “herd immunity”;
  • How businesses, governments and schools should approach the holidays and early 2021.

Phelps, RN, BSN, MPA, CEM, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of emergency management and continuity planning. Since 1982, she has provided consultation and speaking services to clients on four continents. She is founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, a consulting company specializing in emergency management, continuity planning and safety. Among the company's clients are McAfee, IMF, Microsoft, American Express, Northern Trust, VISA, Triton Container, Intuit, Stanford University, Caltech Institute, JPL, Merck, MasterCard and the World Bank.

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Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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