For the second time in 2020, Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19.
Well not exactly. Saban, who tested positive for the disease on Nov. 24, showed a false positive result ahead of the Georgia game earlier this year. Saban quickly returned after showing no symptoms and testing negative three times. However, the final test confirmed that Saban would not train against Auburn at the Iron Bowl on Saturday.
The Alabama press release stated, "This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19. He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be considered a potentially false positive. It will have any appropriate guidelines obey and isolate. " At home."
Here's what we know about how long Saban must be quarantined and when the Alabama head coach might be able to return to his team based on SEC protocols.
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How long has Nick Saban been on the road with COVID-19?
The SEC's protocols provide for a 10-day isolation period for anyone who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms. The SEC anticipates that Day 0 will begin with the onset of symptoms according to their protocols. The SEC trainers must undergo tests three times a week.
For isolation to end, "at least 24 hours must have passed since the last fever without the use of antipyretic drugs and an improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, etc.) according to current CDC guidelines."
The 10-day isolation meant Saban was sure to miss Saturday's Crimson Tide showdown with Auburn. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian took over the intermediate role and led Alabama to a 42-13 victory.
The manager confirmed Thursday that he would be returning to the sidelines for the high-level Tide game against LSU, which was postponed from the original November 14 due to a coronavirus outbreak in the Tigers. Saban said he got rid of his relatively minor symptoms after IV treatment.
"Whatever was in that plasma deal, it turned it off in a day," Saban told reporters. "As of Thursday, I felt great and 100 percent. I would definitely recommend this treatment to anyone who could get it."
How did Nick Saban test positive for COVID-19 twice?
Saban's first positive COVID-19 test result came on October 14, just before Alabama played Georgia. Saban was asymptomatic at this point, and the SEC has protocols that allow return within 72 hours if no symptoms are shown.
Three subsequent negative PCR tests for Saban meant that he registered the first positive test as a false positive by SEC standards. This new positive test with symptoms suggests that the previous positive test was indeed false – the CDC writes that cases of reinfection have occurred but are rare.
Nick Saban COVID-19 News
– 21st November: At least eight players in Alabama missed a game against Kentucky without providing an injury label, according to TideSports.
– 25. November: Alabama announces that Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. He is required to isolate for 10 days to ensure an absence from the Iron Bowl game against Auburn on Saturday, November 28th.
– 3rd of December: Saban confirms on the radio show that he is "100 percent" and ready to return to the coach against LSU.