What letter will the economic recovery resemble? Everyone wants it to be a “V” — after a precipitous fall, straight up from here. But more realistic forecasters warn that it’ll likely be a long, wide “U,” taking years to rebuild. Scarier yet, some health officials say that we could see a “W” if the country reopens too early and there’s a resurgence of cases. Here’s the rest of the business news you need to know for the week ahead.

For more perspectives on how the pandemic is affecting the business world and beyond, check out Live at Home, a new series of virtual talks and events. This Tuesday, the Corner Office columnist David Gelles will interview Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the Service Employees International Union, which represents almost 1.9 million workers — including many essential workers in health care and public service. Tune in here.

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