State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) thinks technology might give us an edge in tracking the virus.

We seemingly use our smart phones for just about everything, so why wouldn't we use them in times of a public health crisis?

That's the question being asked by Illinois State Representative Dan Caulkins, who suggests a phone app might help keep us safe from picking up this nasty bug.

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State Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) wants to use the app to trace the movement of people who have the disease, and track cell phones around the person with the virus.

“With this technology, we can go back and find every person with a cell phone that was in contact range, within 40 feet, of this individual for two to three weeks, and then start looking at them and seeing if any one of those people have shown symptoms, or are going to show symptoms. That’s the beauty of this,” Caulkins said.

Caulkins says some police officers use similar technology to solve cases.