Nick Saban’s surveillance continues as the coach reported good health again on Wednesday morning.
Speaking on the SEC coaching conference call, Saban reiterated his optimism on Monday that he will be sidelined at 7 p.m. Saturday against LSU.
“I will be assessed daily by the medical staff and still expect to be able to coach this game on Saturday,” said Saban.
His comments come exactly one week after Alabama announced it had tested positive for COVID-19. This put him on the sidelines for the 42-13 victory over Auburn, although he said he was feeling fine and experiencing minimal symptoms.
The SEC protocols state that symptomatic infections – which Saban has – require isolation “for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms.” At least 24 hours must pass since the last fever without the help of medication.
Ten days after last Wednesday, if it’s the first day Saban has shown symptoms, it would be this Saturday, but it’s not entirely clear on which day he showed the first signs of the virus.
The CDC’s new quarantine recommendations for contact-traced exposures were also a topic of the SEC teleconference. The CDC previously called for a 14-day quarantine for someone who had come in close contact with an infected person, but now says that could be reduced to seven to 10 days with the use of testing.
Saban welcomed the changes.
“I think that’s a pretty big difference,” he said. “I think everyone has felt from the start that when you are quarantined and you might not even get sick, 14 days was long enough to be quarantined. But we have always respected science. I think now that there’s more testing, maybe they’ve got more evidence of what’s really safe for gamers, you know, compared to quarantine time and testing – the combination of those. two things and, you know, kind of how that affects science.
“So you know I’m not a doctor so I’m not trying to say it’s right wrong or indifferent, but we’ve had a lot of respect for whatever science is and obviously the CDC folks certainly have all of the information. they have to make a good decision as to what is safe. “
Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on twitter @ByCasagrande Or on Facebook.