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.
«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
«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
«Decisions need to be based on data!»
Edward and Mollie Arnold Professor of Finance at the University of California at Berkeley and Professor of Economics at Haas School of Business
«We need a better understanding where we are in this crisis!»
Holder of the Chair of Political Economy at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
«I support this petition because we need global initiatives to make the world a better place for everyone – we are in this together.»
Professor, Director of FAIR – The Choice Lab NHH Norwegian School of Economics
«…the value of information is high at present.»
Professor of Economics at Humboldt University
«Strengthen scientific data and research and fight against speculation.»
Chairman & Partner / Co-Founder at Hirzel.Neef.Schmid.Konsulenten
«I support this petition because testing is important to know your status and to deduce the right measures!»
President of the Federation of Austrian Industry Vorarlberg
«Randomized testing is vital for combating the Corona crisis.»
CEO 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 testing, we don’t have data to conduct evidence-driven policy making. This is essential to minimize health risks while reopening the economy. »
President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
«Because I subscribe to all arguments laid down in your manifest.»
Group Head of Institutional Clients at Raiffeisen Bank International AG