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.
«Because its the only way to get evidence! Only evidence can lead to appropriate actions.»
Founder & CEO Human Decision Design GmbH, Owner Decision Architect Reto Blum
«Testing is central to enable us to live with the virus without severe and blunt distancing measures.»
Director of the department Behaviour on Markets
«Gather knowledge about what’s unknown today – that’s what an extensive testing strategy can do for our society. »
CEO Russmedia Digital, Editor in Chief at Vorarlberger Nachrichten, President of the European Division of the International News Media Association (INMA)
«Randomized testing is vital for combating the Corona crisis.»
CEO at FehrAdvice & Partners AG
«We are responsible for each other and that comprises getting tested. »
Rotraud A. Perner
Prof. emeritus for Health Prevention
«We need to manage and balance the deadly consequences of Covid-19 AND the deadly consequences of our countermeasures in an intelligent way.»
Advisor, Founder, Investor – Managing Partner hkp/// group
«We need valid data for valid decisions!»
Managing Director NetSkill Solutions GmbH
«Because large-scale testing in countries like Island or South Korea has shown that infection numbers were quickly brought under control. »
Owner, Heidi Glück media + public affairs consulting GmbH
«Let’s use the assets we have and act on the needs without hindering biases and ideologies. »
International Executive Coach
«Without comprehensive testing and contact tracing, governments risk a dramatic rise in both human and economic costs.»
Novartis Chaired Professor of Management and Environment, Professor of Marketing INSEAD, Singapore
«Because it ensures the return to an almost normal everyday life.»
Professor of economic and organizational sociology
«Testing yes! Surveillance no!»
Professor of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in Olten and private lecturer at the University of St. Gallen