Thousands of NPR readers shared what they'd say if someone asked them why they are wearing a mask. Here's a selection of their responses.
Zookeepers noticed something was amiss when the animals began eating less and were seen coughing and sneezing. Visitors are not at risk because the public doesn't have access to the enclosures.
The "green pass" will show whether a person has been vaccinated, recently recovered from COVID, or tested negative for the virus. Workers failing to present a pass will be suspended without pay.
Hospitals in Alaska, Idaho and Nevada are reporting a crush of new coronavirus cases and limited medical staff, forcing some facilities to prioritize resources.
At least 10 hospitals in the state started rationing care for everyone because they're filled with COVID-19 patients. But there's deep distrust of authority.
Megan Alexandra Blankenbiller got sick before she was able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and she spent her time in the hospital trying to help others to get the shot.
The severe restrictions on travel and movement are having a serious impact on citizens, international workers, students and more as China grapples with the pandemic.
Lawmakers in New York voted on the extension as many Americans are struggling to stay in their homes after months of pandemic job losses and health dangers.
The Illinois events, both hosted by one unnamed organization, did not require masks or COVID-19 testing. Officials say that more than 1,000 people across at least four states could have been exposed.
New studies look at how the mRNA vaccines affect the cells in your body in the short run and the long run. The findings are a counterpoint to concerns about waning immunity.