My parents lived in Beirut, Lebanon for the first three years of the civil war before finding their way out. When talking to them about our current situation, they talked about how their experience in the war seemed easier. At least there they could hear where the bullets were coming from, and make adjustments. Sometimes we just need to find a way of knowing. In our current scenario seeing some data* might help.
Here is a link to a website that a developer made to track global cases. The site uses data from BNO News, CDC, and WHO.
Here are two articles from Medium that use data to model the potential spread of COVID-19.
Something I keep in mind as I watch these numbers is that data is only as good as the measurements being taken. In this case that means the amount of tests being done, which varies country to country.