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Jul 26, 2022

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


With health risks continuing to impact travel risk management, risk professionals need to know how to protect their organizations and employees when it comes to traveling and in-person activities.


Joining RIMScast today is friend-of-the-podcast, Dr. Adrian Hyzler of Chief Medical Officer of HX Global. He shares his travel risk management tips, developments regarding the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants of COVID-19, his insights on whether or not we should be concerned about monkeypox, and what we can all do to stay safe while we travel.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:14] About RISKWORLD 2023.

[:38] About RIMScast.

[:50] About today’s episode with Dr. Adrian Hyzler.

[:59] Upcoming RIMS webinars, workshops, and events!

[3:13] More about today’s episode.

[3:52] Justin welcomes Dr. Adrian Hyzler back to RIMScast!

[4:31] How do the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants of COVID-19 stand out? What should the public and risk professionals know about these variants?

[9:00] Are the new variants and sub-variants one step ahead of the existing vaccines?

[10:22] Dr. Hyzler shares some of the best ways in which he’s seen travel/tourism industries adapting to COVID-19 variants and surges.

[13:51] Ontario expanded access to the fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses to all adults. How beneficial does Dr. Hylzer think that this fourth dose might be?

[17:51] Justin is joined by Scott Ritto to discuss the RIMS Western Regional Conference.

[21:01] Dr. Hyzler shares his predictions on what he thinks we’ll see and learn, looking back on COVID-19.

[23:13] How concerned should we be about monkeypox? How is it transmitted?

[28:11] Aside from monkeypox and COVID-19, Dr. Hyzler shares what should be on our risk radars when it comes to travel and health.

[29:44] Justin thanks Dr. Adrian Hyzler for joining the podcast and shares some of the links to check in today’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS Canada 2022 — Turning Tides — Sept. 11th‒14th in Halifax! Register Today!


RIMS Advocacy — Legislative Summit Returns on September 20th!

Spencer Educational Foundation | Annual Gala Returns Sept. 22, 2022

RIMS Buyers Guide

RIMS Western Regional — Oct. 3‒5, 2022 — Long Beach, CA

RIMS Riskworld 2023 — Session Submission — Deadline Aug 19, 2022

Contribute to RIMS Risk Management magazine

RISKWORLD registrants can still access educational sessions on-demand through the RISKWORLD app and through desktop here.

Dan Kugler Risk Manager on Campus Grant

Sponsor RIMScast: Contact or for more information.

In-Person Events:

The 2022 Florida RIMS Educational Conference | Naples, FL | July 26‒July 30

Create a Contract that Effectively Transfers Risk | Naples, FL | July 30‒31 (Save $200 at checkout with code LEARNFL22 if you are also attending the Florida Educational Conference!)

RIMS Western Regional — Oct. 3‒5, 2022 — Long Beach, CA

RIMS South Asia Risk Forum — Dec. 2‒3, 2022 in Mumbai, India

Virtual Workshops:

“RIMS-CRMP Exam Prep Virtual Workshop” co-hosted by St. John’s University — Aug 3‒4

“Fundamentals of Risk Management” — Aug 10‒11

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

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“A Look at the Cyber Insurance Market” | Sponsored by AXA LA (NEW)

“How to Reduce Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Risks” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD 

“Managing Global Geopolitical Risk in 2022 and Beyond” | Sponsored by AXA XL

Keeping Subcontractors Safe Through Partner Elevation” | Sponsored by Highwire

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“Bermuda Opportunities in 2022 with BDA Chair Stephen Weinstein” | Sponsored by Bermuda Business Development Agency

“SyncR: A Tool to Enhance Your Risk Quality & Insurance Strategy” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“Navigating the Risk Landscape in 2022” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Prioritizing People: Expertise and Innovation” | Sponsored by Gallagher Bassett

“Risk Findings for the Industrial & Manufacturing Industry” | Sponsored by Aon

“Establishing the Right Assurance to Request From Business Partners” | Sponsored by HITRUST

“Aon’s 2021 Retail Industry Overview” | Sponsored by Aon

“A Legacy of Resilience” | Sponsored by J.B. Boda Group

“The Golden Era of Insurance” | Sponsored by The Hartford

“Insurance Investigation Trends Happening Now” | Sponsored by Travelers

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

NEW RIMSCAST VIDEO: “Climate Change and Insurance: A Fireside Chat with Dev Bhutani and Deepak Madan” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Related RIMScast Episodes:

“COVID, Public Health and Travel Safety with Dr. Adrian Hyzler” (March 2022)

“Travel Risk Management with Dr. Adrian Hyzler” — Nov. 22nd, 2021

“An Update on COVID-19 with Dr. Adrian Hyzler” – July 2021

COVID-19 Update with Dr. Adrian Hyzler of HX Global” – January 2021

“Safe Holiday Travel Tips with IIHS President David Harkey” — 2020

“An Update on COVID-19 with Dr. Adrian Hyzler Part 2” — Jun. 30th, 2020

“COVID-19 Update with Dr. Adrian Hyzler of HX Global” — Apr. 28th, 2020

“What Risk Professionals Should Know About the Coronavirus with Richard Lewis and Dr. Adrian Hyzler” — Feb. 18th, 2020

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring RIMS-CRMP Chairman Ward Ching!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS DEI Council

RIMS Path to the Boardroom


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Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“[COVID-19] is not going to go away. … It’ll probably be here for decades. But, our ability to deal with it is what certainly has changed over the last year and a half with all of the advances in vaccines and treatments … testing, and health measures.” — Dr. Adrian Hyzler


“There are a lot of advancements now in mask design and manufacturing. I think we’re going to see a whole slew of new style masks, cheaper masks, and masks that are more comfortable to wear.” — Dr. Adrian Hyzler


“In over-50-year-olds I can certainly see the benefit [of having a fourth vaccine].” — Dr. Adrian Hyzler


“I think, as always with travel, it’s really important that you make sure that you’re fully vaccinated … and have a look carefully at the websites to make sure that you’ve got your vaccines for that particular country.” — Dr. Adrian Hyzler