COVID-19 Update: 'Live Like You're Contagious'Pandemic Expert Regina Phelps on What We've Learned From 6 Months of Quarantine
With colder weather, the flu season and the holidays ahead, the northern hemisphere is at risk of another major COVID-19 outbreak. Pandemic expert Regina Phelps says it's time to change behavior, and that starts here: "Live like you're contagious."
Phelps, the founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, has a five-step recommendation for pandemic response for the remainder of the year. It begins with acceptance - "This is my life" - and changing behavior, i.e., social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding indoor gatherings.
"We seriously have to look at our behavior," Phelps says. "We have in our possession things we can do right now that would make a huge difference. If we don't do any better, we're going to be in much greater trouble as the year moves on."
In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Phelps discusses:
- Lessons learned from the first six months of the pandemic;
- Five steps to follow now in advance of the flu season;
- How to help colleagues and staff cope with ongoing stress.
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.