During last year's CS PhD application season, several elderly family members of mine were hospitalized due to COVID-19. I was greatly impacted by this event as they looked after me during my teenage years. As a result, I was not able to focus on school work for two months and ended up only submitting 3 applications. Fortunately, all of my family members recovered.
I end up getting admitted into one of the 3 programs I applied to, and it's a decent program. However, I'm considering reapplying next year because there are a few programs that I didn't apply to (I wanted to, but wasn't capable emotionally) but could likely offer a better fit in terms of research interest.
In particular, I will be reapplying to the program I got in. Would this be viewed negatively by the committee for that school? Or, would it be possible to defer my admission until next year? How should I communicate this to the admission committee at that school?
(Background: In general, the program allows for deferral.)
Any advice would help. Thanks.