On Tuesday, Saskatchewan will officially enter phase two of its planned reopening, as retail stores, shopping malls, personal care services and farmers markets begin the process of returning to a semblance of normalcy.

While not without restrictions, and far from business as usual, the weeks ahead will mark a dramatic change from the last two months.

As the province begins to enter what it hopes will be a period of recovery, we asked Dr. Kristine Pederson about the chances of re-infection, the science behind why viruses can have second waves, and how to deal with evolving knowledge and the risk of misinformation.

Dr. Kristine Pederson is a family physician in Swift Current and a member of the region's COVID-19 planning team. She's graciously agreed to take time each Friday morning to answer questions posed by our readers and our listeners.


There have been conflicting reports about whether or not a person who has had COVID-19 and recovered can get it again.  Do we know for sure if that's the case or not?

Why do viruses tend to have a second wave, and why is it sometimes worse than the initial wave of cases?

Accepting the fact that information is going to change as new data becomes available is sort of the nature of the beast, where is the best place for a person who is feeling anxious about that to go?  Their doctor? Or other sources?


That's all for this week. Remember to stay tuned to Swift Current Online for more questions with Dr. Pederson every weekend.

If you have a question you would like us to ask Dr. Pederson, email them before Wednesday of each week to marcus.kouri@goldenwest.ca, or reach us on Twitter @SCOLnews with the hashtag #AskDrPederson