Date of Project


Document Type

Honors Thesis

School Name

College of Arts and Sciences


Health Professions

Major Advisor

Emily Bingham


With one of the most advanced medical systems in the world, the Untied States still experienced an exceedingly high COVID-19 death rate per capita. Because biomedical therapies for COVID-19 were available, the focus of this review is on the social aspects of the COVID-19 response. By observing how Americans reacted to vaccination, masking, and social distancing guidelines, as well as how those guidelines were communicated to the general population from the public and private sectors, this thesis argues that the social and political aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic played a significant role in the outcome of the pandemic response. Additionally, this work describes the potential solutions to current social issues that became evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as illuminating the dangers of allowing social and political problems to go unsolved in a future pandemic.