As someone 66 years old with T1D, hypothyroidism, and coronary artery disease, my risk with this virus is likely greater than yours. While we must use our heads to help inform our day-to-day decisions, I think we would do well to trust our gut instinct as well.
I think your decision to forego university attendance as it allows you to avoid public transport is definitely wise. Almost all colleges and universities in the US have switched to online classes only. In Oregon, where I live, all the public schools have closed.
For me, the ability to self-isolate is based on having enough of my meds and diabetes supplies as well as food. I started out three weeks ago cutting out public transport and visits to Starbucks. A week later I cut out my daily gym visit and weekly physical therapy appointments.
For now, I’m only leaving my apartment to give my dog an opportunity to relieve twice per day. Some days I also go out for a walk as I can avoid contact with other people fairly well. I worry when other people get on the elevator with me and I use my elbows and knee to press elevator buttons.
I posted a hand-written note near the elevator on my floor reaching out to my neighbors inviting them to form a group that could support each other through this crisis. What I envision is mostly communication with texts, email and phone contact as that doesn’t compromise the safety of the helper.
One of my younger neighbors has offered to go to the grocery store for me and that warmed my heart. I intend to keep my requests few and only for essential needs. I will also use Amazon to deliver groceries to my building lobby door.
I’m spending a lot of time online and hope to start doing some longer term projects that I’ve been procrastinating about for some time. I want to reduce my belongings and give all my possessions a good going-through. I also want to review my estate plan, something I needed before this but is now even more important.
We all have good intentions to do some things someday. It might be read a book, or write a book, or learn to play a musical instrument. With all this unplanned time on our hands, maybe someday has arrived!
Good luck with your decisions, please stay healthy and safe!