In China, a medical issue is considered an “issue” if the symptoms are severe, long-lasting, and persist over a long period of time.
In the United States, if a patient has symptoms that are so severe that they prevent a normal patient from getting care, then they are considered a “toxic” issue.
When the symptoms last for more than six months, they are called a “hazardous” issue, and are treated as such.
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