The dictionary says

get [transitive, no passive] get something to start to develop an illness; to suffer from a pain, etc.

I think I'm getting a cold.

have something (not used in the progressive tenses): to suffer from an illness or a disease

He found out that he had HIV just last year.

Covid 19 is attacking a man right now.

Is it correct to say "he has Covid 19" and "he is getting Covid 19" to express currently he is experiencing that illness?

This is because "has" can not in in continuous tenses while "get" can.

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    "I think I'm getting a cold" means "I am feeling the early symptoms which tell me that I am probably going to have a cold". When the infection is fully developed, you say "I have/I've got a cold." Commented Aug 26, 2021 at 8:04

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It is exactly as your dictionary says

"He has Covid19" = He is currently infected and experiencing the illness.

"He is getting Covid19" = He is just starting to develop the symptoms of the illness.

So you might say "I've had a cough for the last hour. I don't have a fever but, I'm afraid that I might be getting Covid. So I'm going to self-isolate and book a test".

Or "My test came back positive, so it's confirmed. I have Covid. I won't be able to leave my house for the next 10 days."

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