An interesting choice. Care to offer yours?
Pathogen A will kill only people 80 years old and older.
Pathogen B will kill only people 30 years old and younger.
Pathogen C will kill indiscriminately across all age groups.
The Fates give the society 24 hours to choose which of these three pathogens to endure
Okay, let's play.
If it kills the same percentage of each age group, Pathogen A. Generously figuring on another 15 years of natural life span.
Pathogen B has a 30 year time window, so, at the same percentage of mortality, we could expect twice as many deaths just going by the amount of years available. As well, the sheer number of people is greater.
Pathogen C would seem to put more people at risk with a 50 year span of years and, presumably, the highest number of persons available.
Now, what's missing... If the pathogen KILLS EVERYONE in an age specific group, there's only one choice, if a temporary one. Pathogen A. Get used to a (possible) 80 year lifespan. That's your
Because I hate loss of personal freedom, I chose A. But, if there was a possibility of not losing personal freedom (I am over 30, so it might be possible), i would choose B because I think our society has become genetically weak physically and mentally and that this weakness will have a compound interest effect that may mean a major die off of the human species in the future. I'd rather those with weak immune systems die now than to have kids and grandkids with the same weak genes. Better Susie die now than her, her kids, and grandkids later.