Table 2

Absolute risk and RD of incident major cardiovascular event per 100 000 persons during the initial COVID-19 lockdown (13 March 2020–3 May 2020) and in the corresponding calendar period the year before (13 March 2019–3 May 2019) according to educational level

Educational levelAge: 40–59Age: 60–69Age: 70–90
Absolute risk*RDAbsolute risk*RDAbsolute risk*RD
201920202019202020192020
Low66.157.7−8.4 (−22.3; 5.6)107.594.9−12.2 (−34.9; 10.5)257.6211.4−46.2 (−73.2; −19.2)
Medium42.737.9−4.9 (−11.6; 1.9)94.090.5−3.5 (−19.1; 12.0)224.9201.7−23.2 (−50.8; 4.3)
High32.727.0−5.7 (−14.4; 3.1)75.473.8−1.6 (−20.5; 14.3)177.1182.25.1 (−32.3; 42.5)
Difference in educational gradient (RD low-RD high)−2.7 (−22.3; 16.9)−10.6 (−45.8; 25.0)−51.3 (−106.4; 3.7)
  • *Absolute risks were standardised to the distribution of age and sex among the low educated in 2020.

  • RD, risk difference.