While extreme high or low temperatures technically do not kill viruses, the influenza virus and many others are deactivated at temperatures ranging from 165 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the boiling point for water. Since viruses lack many of the basic structures and functions necessary to be considered a living organism, they technically cannot die.Continue Reading
Since most viruses are deactivated at temperatures between 165 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit, food scientists advise to heat up meat to at least 165 degrees before serving. These temperatures kill bacteria, as well.
Viruses can withstand freezing temperatures, however. There are known HIV infection cases in which contaminated frozen human material has been implanted into a recipient and infected the patient.Learn more about Biology
Adding salt to boiling water increases the water's boiling point temperature. Adding any nonvolatile solvent, including salt, to a pure solvent increases its boiling temperature in a process scientists call boiling-point elevation. However, the elevation in this case is hardly noticeable, as it takes almost 4 tablespoons of salt to increase the boiling point of 1 quart of water by 1 degree.Full Answer >
The difference between steam and water vapor is that water vapor is typically the same temperature as the air that is present while steam is above the boiling point of water. The chemical composition of water and steam are identical.Full Answer >
Water's boiling point is 212 degrees Fahrenheit, so water must be at least that hot to sterilize. Water needs to be boiling in order to become sterilized.Full Answer >
The boiling point of water is 373.15 degrees Kelvin (K). Using the Fahrenheit scale, water’s boiling point is 212 degrees. This is also equivalent to 100 degrees Celsius.Full Answer >