The key to bridging the disconnect between governments and the domains over which they govern is understanding exactly how governments oversee these domains: through the employment of rhetoric. Laws and policy are among the most universal of rhetorical implements present in society; they embody moral concepts that are near-impossible for most humans to oppose, given the way society has developed its moral and ethical principles since the beginning of its existence.
With the onset of such an unusual and significant phenomenon as COVID-19, countless opportunities are made to observe how humanity adapts to and overcomes a complication of this enormity. One of these opportunities lies in the advancement of our current understanding of government and medicine’s nuanced relationship by way of the rhetoric these domains employ to interact with one another. Given the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented nature, it is of utmost importance to understand the magnitude of change governments can make, as well as their role as an organizer for all other institutions participated in by humankind, especially medicine. This research project aims to determine the extent to which rhetorical tools used by government, like policy and public outreach, affect processes associated with any given government’s respective institution of medicine, with an emphasis on a nation’s ability to prevail amid COVID-19.