Epistemix Partners with Global Pet Expo on Attendee Safety

Feb 14, 2022

PITTSBURGH (Feb. 11, 2022) – Epistemix, a computational modeling software company that develops simulations to model the spread of diseases and inform policy, today released updated data that speaks to the risk of COVID-19 transmission during Global Pet Expo, which is taking place March 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. The risk is currently projected at a rate of less than 0.1% of all attendees.

“Creating a controlled environment is crucial for events like Global Pet Expo,” said Dr. Lindsey Reiser, managing director of Professional Services, Epistemix. “The robust program of safety measures that Global Pet Expo will have in place creates an environment that is 2x lower risk than other activities in Orlando.”

Global Pet Expo organizers, the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) began working with Epistemix in December 2021 to develop appropriate mitigation strategies to improve and ensure the safety of all participants at Global Pet Expo. Epistemix data has proven to be 95% accurate when forecasting for past events.

Projections for Global Pet Expo 2022 currently show:

  • The Global Pet Expo mask requirement creates a controlled environment that provides a high level of protection from COVID-19. All attendees will be required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at this year’s event, including all Global Learning Series education sessions, meeting rooms, the Exhibit Hall, as well as special events and networking areas. 
  • With high mask compliance (>90%), attendees are three times less likely to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 than in Orlando generally.
  • Epistemix projects the risk of infection for 12,000 is less than 0.1% of attendees.

“To ensure success and meet the expectations of our attendees, Global Pet Expo has worked with Epistemix to help us develop policies and protocols to protect our guests and staff,” said Andrew Darmohraj, CAE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of APPA. “We remain committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for the entire pet care community to come together for Global Pet Expo 2022, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Orlando next month.”

Webinar Presents Data on Safety Mitigation at Global Pet Expo

Working together, show organizers and Epistemix will host a webinar, “Minimizing COVID Risk at Global Pet Expo 2022,” for event attendees on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Reiser will explain how Epistemix is using rigorous epidemiological modeling to establish that the safety measures Global Pet Expo has put in place to make the event 2x lower risk than other activities in Orlando. A brief Q&A session will follow her presentation.

About Epistemix

Epistemix empowers leaders to make better decisions by simulating how diseases, ideas, and behavior spread through communities. We leverage decades of epidemiological experience, diverse datasets, and scientific best-practice to build computational models that forecast the health impacts of policy interventions so that organizations can take informed action. We are currently working with companies, event organizers, school districts, and state governments across the United States to evaluate opening strategies and gauge COVID-19 response. To learn more, visit www.epistemix.com.


Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s premier event, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The show features more than 1,000 exhibitors, 3,500 booths and over 3,000 new product launches annually. Each year, the event gathers 6,000+ pet product buyers from around the world. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, media and other qualified professionals. For more information, visit GlobalPetExpo.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter/X, TikTok and YouTube.


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes over 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet products industry and provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following APPA Gives Back initiatives: the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), Joybound People & Pets’ Pets & Vets Program and Pet Care Trust and Pets in the Classroom. Visit AmericanPetProducts.org for more information, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter/X and YouTube.


Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human animal bond. PIDA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and Pet Care Trust and Pets in the Classroom. Visit PIDA.org for more information and follow us on LinkedIn.


Cori Stoutenberg