Some travelers take virus precautions as Thanksgiving travel rush resumes

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OAKLAND – As the busiest holiday travel season in years gets into full swing, some travelers said protecting themselves from rising cases of COVID-19, flu and RSV is a priority.

At Oakland International Airport, roughly 170,000 people are expected to travel through between Wednesday and Sunday. That is a 10% increase from last year.

Jimmy Sheffield flew in from Las Vegas. “Smooth ride all the way in but a little crowded. It’s the holidays,” he told KPIX 5

Sheffield flew to Oakland to visit his brother.

With a spike in flu, RSV and COVID cases, Sheffield said he knew he had to mask up. He added, “For me it’s very important. I don’t do nothing to chance without the mask. I have to eat but other than that, I put the mask on.”

The line to get through security extended out to the baggage claim carousel area at Oakland International Airport. Many people were seen wearing a mask.

Lily Froio was in her way to Reno.

“I’m a little bit worried but I’m going to be wearing a mask on the flight so that makes me feel a little bit better,” Froio said.

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