Waiting creates a weight few citizens are speaking of — but many are experiencing.

Since the coronavirus shutdown, our nation entered a quarantine like we have not known in our modern history. Cancelled events, physical space between one person to another, wearing a mask or a cloth covering your face, working from home, closing schools and institutions of higher education to switch to online classes, visiting loved ones by electronic devices — all in an attempt to stay safe and healthy.

With self-quarantine strategies in place, the spread of COVID-19 appears to be stabilizing but it’s still a major concern.

During this time it isn’t easy to sit and wait to return to some type of normalcy. It has not taken long to feel the multiple degrees of weight placed on families within. For many families, it is the lack of funds and personal contact. The weight comes in the form of depression and frustration entering a person's mind.

My prayer is the leaders on Capitol Hill will use the resources to fund a vaccine, revamping health systems, and making mental health options readily available. Our nation needs a response to the weight of the wait during this national crisis.

Dr. Shandale Terrell,
Lakeland