On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the "novel coronavirus" sweeping through China to be a global health emergency. Here's how NPR covered the story at that point in time.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams calls for masking 'compassion'
The U.S. needs to ensure everyone has an equitable chance to protect themselves, and if people don't have that opportunity, they need to be able to rely on others to be compassionate, he says.
NC lawmakers OK bill giving student opt-out to mask mandates
North Carolina parents could permit their K-12 students to opt out of mask-wearing mandates set by local education boards inside schools in legislation approved by the General Assembly on Thursday.
Leaders of Triad health care systems ask for help from the community
The leaders of the Triad's three largest health care systems came together Monday to urge the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Yes, Gov. DeSantis, Studies Do Show Masks Curb Covid-19 In Schools
Several studies over the past year and a half have arrived at the same conclusion: mask wearing significantly limits transmission of the coronavirus in schools.
Davidson County Schools Board Of Education Votes In Favor Of Universal Masking
The Davidson County Schools Board of Education has voted in favor of mandatory masking for students and staff.
A Study In Bangladesh Tripled The Rate Of Mask-Wearing. Can It Help In The U.S.?
Researchers looked at the impact of free masks, text reminders and celebrity endorsements. It's unclear if the best strategies will help counter anti-mask sentiment in the U.S. during the delta surge.
Governor Roy Cooper Urges School Boards To Fully Implement Health Protections
Governor Roy Cooper is urging school boards to require students and staff to wear masks ahead of the new academic year.
Guilford County Approves Indoor Mask Mandate
As COVID-19 case counts rise across the state, some local governments are implementing safety measures to help curb the spread of the virus in their communities.
Coronavirus FAQ: I'm Vaccinated. I Thought I Could Give Up Masks! But Should I?
Yes, that was the plan. Then along came the delta variant. And now people who are vaccinated are wondering: Are there circumstances in which a mask would be advisable?