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LOOK: Mom, daughter in dinosaur costumes give away free face masks

May 14th, 2020

A woman and her daughter just came up with a fun way to hand out free face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nina Antonakes and her daughter Demi dressed up in inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex costumes in Toronto, Canada, as they gave away some necessary face protection against the coronavirus, as seen on Nina’s Instagram post last Saturday, May 9.


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Through a series of videos, Nina showed how they walked the streets hand in hand wearing the giant orange dinosaur costumes. One of them held a cardboard sign saying “free masks” while the other held a brown bag containing the face masks.

“Dino Duo distributing masks (and joy) at Yonge and Bloor,” Nina said.

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Dino Duo distributing masks (and joy) at Yonge and Bloor. #masksforall #spreadingjoy @dantonakes

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To emphasize the importance of wearing face masks, even the duo’s dinosaurs wore face masks. Nina and Demi’s respective posts also showed a pedestrian picking two face masks from the Dino Duo’s bag.

“If this is my legacy, so be it!” Demi joked via her Instagram page last Sunday, May 10.

Meanwhile, despite the cuteness factor, experts have warned against wearing inflatable animal costumes as a replacement for proper protective equipment, as per The Washington Post on April 25.

“If there are virus-containing particles in the air just outside of the blower, then they would be blown into the costume and potentially breathed in by the costume wearer,” chemistry professor Jose-Luis Jimenez was quoted as saying. “I would certainly not recommend it for protection purposes. But it is fun of course!” JB


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