Mark Bailey is a medical doctor and husband to Sam Bailey (who is also a doctor).
As it turns out, Mark is the mastermind behind a bunch of Sam’s videos and the No Virus Challenge.
The following is the official challenge, signed by a group of great minds.
It’s neither a gotcha nor is it rigged to favour a particular outcome.
A photo isn’t enough because it says nothing about causality. A photo of hyenas eating a dead antelope says nothing about whether or not the hyenas killed the antelope. (A hunter might have killed it and the hyenas arrived later.)
Furthermore, reproducibility is critical, hence it being part of the Scientific Method. If the same results can’t be repeated, then the hypothesis is false. For example, if the claim that a certain type of plastic is heat resistant under certain conditions, but tests repeatedly reveal that it is not heat resistant under the said conditions, then the claim is false.
Similarly, if the claim that SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19, then tests must be conducted and must be reproducible.
There is nothing unusual about such logic; it is precisely how proper science works.
Mark joined me for a conversation about viruses and the aforementioned challenge. It is well worth listening to.
A few days after our TNT conversation, Mark joined me on my podcast for an overlapping, but more free-flowing chat with coffee, craft beer, and power failures.