TWO siblings have written and performed an inspiring song about the coronavirus pandemic.

Rhianna and Kaiden Umpleby’s performance was filmed by dad Ben, who says it should act as a reminder to us not to forget children are feeling the pressure too as they approach week three of their schools being closed.

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Siblings - Rhianna and Kaiden

The 43-year-old, from Basildon, sourced a backing track after his children, aged 12 and seven, had written some poems which they decided to turn into a song and rap.

Ben and wife, Lisa, 34, felt it was important to be open and honest with Rhianna and Kaiden about the harsh realities of the coronavirus.

They are handling it very well but like all children, still have their struggles.

Writing their song was a way for them to express their thoughts and feelings.

Ben told the Echo: “We always try to protect the children but something like this is unavoidable.

“They are hearing it on the news every day and wondering why schools are closed, so we sat them down and explained everything to them.

“It is worrying, but I think sometimes people are forgetting what the children are going through and how worrying it must be for them.

“Imagine what must be going through their little heads when they go to sleep at night.”

At age three, Rhianna fought leukaemia for two years before beating the disease in 2013.

It was after this that Rhianna found a love for singing.

Ben added: “It’s a way for them to be able to express themselves as they adapt to the big change in their little lives.

“It’s important for us to ask our children how they are feeling.

“We also have an older daughter, Courtney, who is currently working nights in Sainsbury’s.”

The catchy hook of Rhianna and Kaiden’s song, is: “Covid-19 drives us crazy, lockdown makes us lose our minds.”

“All my friends sit there on Facetime, I feel lonely all the time.

“But do you know, people are breaking the rules, Boris has just shut the schools.

“Just self-isolate guys, and help us stop the spread of coronavirus.” The first verse of the song talks about how five weeks ago, many people in the UK didn’t realise the seriousness of the virus until local cases began to surface.

The second verse explains the pandemic and how teens and people without underlying health conditions are dying too.

The pair’s lyrics certainly show they are well aware of what is happening around them, and is set against a weekend during which some parks in London were awash with people despite government guidance.