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.
«…the value of information is high at present.»
Professor of Economics at Humboldt University
«… because decisions and policies need to be based on evidence and data.»
Head of Human Ressources at Telekom Austria Group
«Because we need more data to better understand the pandemic and to design effective policies. »
Research Professor, CNRS, GATE (CNRS – University of Lyon)
«Because testing is the best way to face this crisis.»
Student and Former President of the Youth Parliament Canton of Zurich
«Testing is of high relevance to fight the pandemic effectively.»
Professor at University of Vienna, Faculty of Psychology
«We just need to accumulate more knowledge to find optimal mitigation strategies.»
Chair of Statistics and Econometrics at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
«Testing is central to enable us to live with the virus without severe and blunt distancing measures.»
Director of the department Behaviour on Markets
«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
«I think it’s a good idea.»
Managing Lawyer at Scheer Rechtsanwalt GmbH Vienna
«We need more evidence to support our decision making, if we want to build a better future!»
Managing Partner at FehrAdvice & Partners AG
«We need data, otherwise we are navigating with a blindfold.»
Organization Development Professional, Adj. Asst. Prof. at Saint Louis University, Senior Advisor BVA Nudge Unit
«Without a comprehensive test and trace program in place, we face the most devastating economic downturn the world has ever seen. »
Robert H. Frank
Behavioral Economist and Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management Emeritus at Cornell University