At what temperature do viruses die ?

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    ANSWER : Viruses can not die because they are not alive in the first place. Although they contain genetic instructions in the form of DNA (or the related molecule, RNA), viruses can not thrive independently. Instead, they must invade a host organism and take its genetic instructions... EXPLANATION : Extreme high or low temperatures do not kill viruses technically speaking. For example, the influenza virus and many others are deactivated at temperatures ranging from 165 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the boiling point for water. As viruses lack many of the basic structures and functions necessary to be considered a living organism, they technically cannot die. Since most viruses are deactivated at temperatures between 165 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit, it is recommended 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...

    • 30 Sep 2017 @ 08:19


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