About us

We want our lives back

We, the founders of this initiative, are a group of people who want to challenge the helplessness and ignorance of the policymakers.

We feel we have a responsibility for the present and for the future. COVID-19 is changing our world, and the life of every one of us. Most people simply want “their lives back”.

COVID-19 has not left a single aspect of our lives untouched. Normal daily activities like going to the movies with friends, taking with our kids to the playground, or having Sunday lunch with nana and grandad and the whole family were suddenly no longer possible, as lockdowns were put in place. While since then some of these activities are allowed again, many restrictions still apply, and the uncomfortable feeling has not gone. We are all scared that the modest freedoms we had been longing for will be cut again as soon as the number of infections begins to rise again.

We do not want a second lockdown, and we want the consequences of the recession that results from the first one to remain manageable. That can only happen if we stay alert and agile, despite the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we need a robust early warning system, with which we can quickly identify new flare-ups of the infection, and rapidly constrain further spreading of the virus.

There is a well-known, proven approach in science that can be the basis of such an early warning system: representative, randomized testing on all people – the sick, the healthy, the immune, superspreaders and anyone around emerging hotspots.

COVID-19 matters to all of us – in the industrialized world, in the growth countries and in the developing countries. Our economies are so intertwined that we can only find a way out of the crisis with an effective instrument that we all use.

We want to convince the policymakers

The goal of our initiative is to persuade the policymakers of the profound need for such a testing regime.

The voices of experts from science and business, and indeed the voices of all citizens, provide support to the people who are close to decision-makers, to pursue this demand. We want to create the political pressure with which the first step in this direction can be made, to ensure that we can find a way out of the COVID-19 crisis thanks to representative, randomized testing.

We are independent

Our initiative is supported by the founders through financial contributions and voluntary effort. The people who are giving their support to the initiative have no material interest in the implementation of a broad testing regime. Our engagement to advocate a representative, randomized testing approach stems from our desire to regain normality for ourselves and for future generations.

  • «Testing is of high relevance to fight the pandemic effectively.»

    Erich Kirchler
    Professor at University of Vienna, Faculty of Psychology

  • «We just need to accumulate more knowledge to find optimal mitigation strategies.»

    Jonas Dovern
    Chair of Statistics and Econometrics at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • «A strategy that involves widespread testing at its core is the only way out of this crisis.»

    Benjamin Moll
    Professor of Economics at London School of Economics and Political Science

  • «Gather knowledge about what’s unknown today – that’s what an extensive testing strategy can do for our society. »

    Gerold Riedmann
    CEO Russmedia Digital, Editor in Chief at Vorarlberger Nachrichten, President of the European Division of the International News Media Association (INMA)

  • «We need data, otherwise we are navigating with a blindfold.»

    Koen Smets
    Organization Development Professional, Adj. Asst. Prof. at Saint Louis University, Senior Advisor BVA Nudge Unit

  • «Widespread testing, contact tracing, and scientific understanding are essential in managing the pandemic before a vaccine is available. »

    Peter Cramton
    Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne and the University of Maryland, Director on the Board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas

  • «I think it’s a good idea.»

    Alexander Scheer
    Managing Lawyer at Scheer Rechtsanwalt GmbH Vienna

  • «We need more evidence to support our decision making, if we want to build a better future!»

    Alexis Johann
    Managing Partner at FehrAdvice & Partners AG

  • «Evidence matters.»

    Jörn Basel
    Professor of Business Psychology at Kalaidos University, Advisor at The Negotiation Studio

  • «Because testing and tracing are the right thing to do to combat the pandemic.»

    Iris Bohnet
    Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Academic Dean at the Harvard Kennedy School

  • «Randomized testing is vital for combating the Corona crisis.»

    Gerhard Fehr
    CEO at FehrAdvice & Partners AG

  • «Without comprehensive testing and contact tracing, governments risk a dramatic rise in both human and economic costs.»

    Klaus Wertenbroch
    Novartis Chaired Professor of Management and Environment, Professor of Marketing INSEAD, Singapore

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