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 yes! Surveillance no!»

    Mathias Binswanger
    Professor of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland in Olten and private lecturer at the University of St. Gallen

  • «Our behavioral immune system must now use it’s most powerful anti-pathogen tool: thinking. From thinking, it follows that we have to test. »

    Christian Fichter
    Head of Research & Development at Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences

  • «Policymakers need valid data to design measures that are effective and at the same time do not restrict public and private life more than necessary.»

    Matthias Mölleney
    Founder and Managing Partner at peopleXpert

  • «We are responsible for each other and that comprises getting tested. »

    Rotraud A. Perner
    Prof. emeritus for Health Prevention

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

    Gerhard Fehr
    CEO at FehrAdvice & Partners AG

  • «We need more reliable samples and in-depth analyses to fight covid-19.»

    Gudrun Sander
    Adjunct Professor of Business Administration with special emphasis on Diversity Management at University of St. Gallen

  • «It’s crucial for humanity to overcome the crisis in a solidary way. We also need to support those who cannot afford the testing. »

    Arno Riedl
    Professor of Public Economics at Maastricht University

  • «We need a better understanding where we are in this crisis!»

    Nora Szech
    Holder of the Chair of Political Economy at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

  • «We need sufficient information for effective disease control. Governments should do more to provide this important public good.»

    Rupert Sausgruber
    Professor of Public Economics at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

  • «It’s obvious that large-scale testing is not only a cost-efficient, but also an effective tool to combat the crisis without serious consequences. »

    Walter Schachermayer
    Professor of mathematics at University of Vienna

  • «Evidence matters.»

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

  • «I support this petition because it enables us to live in freedom AND safety.»

    Achim Feige
    CEO & Founder GROWTH POSITIVE

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