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 testing and tracing are the right thing to do to combat the pandemic.»
Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Academic Dean at the Harvard Kennedy School
«Let’s use the assets we have and act on the needs without hindering biases and ideologies. »
International Executive Coach
«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
«Testing is of high relevance to fight the pandemic effectively.»
Professor at University of Vienna, Faculty of Psychology
«It’s crucial for humanity to overcome the crisis in a solidary way. We also need to support those who cannot afford the testing. »
Professor of Public Economics at Maastricht University
«Most of worldwide testing is not randomized. If we test in random samples, we will have much more valuable knowledge to fight this pandemic.»
Managing Partner and Scientific Director at SORA Institute for Social Research and Consulting
«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
«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
«We just need to accumulate more knowledge to find optimal mitigation strategies.»
Chair of Statistics and Econometrics at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
«In 2020 we should have smarter tools to fight a pandemic than the concepts from the ages of the black plague. Testing is essential to fight the crisis»
Austrian journalist and author
«We need more data in order to finetune measures that minimize socio-economical impact while protecting the public health system. »
Esther-Mirjam de Boer
Owner and CEO at GetDiversity GmbH
«Testing is the key to better knowledge and thus to better management of the recovery phase.»
Professor of public economics and Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs at the University of Vienna.